Physical Abuse

By: Jacky Rodriguez, and Brisa Ojeda

What is Child Abuse?

Child abuse consists of any act\ that endangers a child’s physical or emotional health and development. Child abuse includes any damage done to a child which cannot be reasonably explained and is often represented by one injury or series of injuries appearing to be non-accidental.

What is physical Abuse?

Any non-accidental injury to a child. This includes..


hitting kicking, slapping, shaking, burning, pinching, hair pulling, biting, choking, throwing, shoving, whipping, and paddling.

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Causes

Physical abuse tends to occur at moments of great stress. Many people who commit physical abuse were abused themselves as children. Or often people who commit physical abuse also have poor impulse control.


Some other causes are...


  • Alcoholism
  • Domestic violence
  • Drug abuse
  • Being a single parent
  • Lack of education
  • Poverty

Effects

People who were abused as children were more likely to become...


  • Suicidal
  • Smokers
  • Severely obese
  • Alcoholics
  • Likely to develop a drug addiction
  • Abusers themselves

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Counseling

  • The parents will need counseling or an intervention of some type. In some cases, the child may be temporarily or permanently removed from the home to prevent further danger. Life-threatening abuse, or abuse resulting in permanent damage to the infant or child may result in legal action.


  • Counseling, including play therapy, is also necessary for abused children over age 2. The child will need help dealing with the fear and pain of abuse caused by adults, who should be trusted figures.

Help Hotline

  • Childhelp National Child Abuse Hotline (1-800-4-A-CHILD)


  • Call 911


  • If your afraid to tell the officials yourself talk to someone who can Or encourage the victim to stand up for themselves by getting help.