What are the signs that a parent is physically abusing his or her child?

Signs that a parent is physically abusing his or her child include the following behaviors in the parent
  • can’t or won’t explain injury of child, or explains it in a way that doesn’t make sense
  • displays aggression to child or is overly anxious about child’s behavior
  • indicates child is not trustworthy, a liar, evil, a troublemaker
  • delays or prevents medical care for child
  • takes child to different doctors or hospitals
  • keeps child from school, church, clubs
  • has history of violence and/or abuse

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Child Abuse

In most cases of child abuse, the abuser is someone the child knows; parent, relative, or family friend. Abuse can be emotional, neglect, sexual, or physical abuse. All types of abuse can cause permanent mental or emotional damage ...

to the child as they age. Many will turn to alcohol or drug use, and some may become withdrawn and depressed.

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