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 CHILD ABUSE-TYPES OF ABUSE

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Physical Abuse Indicators: unexplained bruises, burns, skeletal injuries, head injuries, lacerations, or abrasions school absences may correlate with appearance of injury
Child may be: easily frightened or fearful wary of physical contact afraid to go home destructive to self and others

Sexual Abuse Indicators: explicit or bizarre sexual knowledge precocious sexually related speech or experimentation loss of appetite unexplained bruises/injuries in genital areas anorexia or other stress related disorders alcohol or drug abuse frequent nightmares unexplained gifts, extra money pornography in the child’s possession
Child may be: obsessed with masturbation withdrawn from normal human contact depressed and having suicidal thoughts self-destructive excessively fearful of selected individuals or locations

Emotional Abuse Indicators: physical problems exacerbated by emotional distress regressive behavior failure to thrive in infancy or early childhood low self-esteem
Child may be: overly passive or aggressive experiencing developmental lags developing sleeping disorders

Neglect Indicators: poor hygiene lacks weather appropriate clothing unattended medical or dental needs
Child may be: constantly fatigued experiencing developmental lags begging or stealing food

 

 

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