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Physical Abuse

  • Physical Abuse

Physical Abuse

  • Physical abuse involves physical harm or injury to the child.
  • It may be the result of a deliberate attempt to hurt the child, but not always.
  • It can also result from severe discipline, such as using a belt on a child, or physical punishment that is inappropriate to the child’s age or physical condition.

Physical Abuse vs. Discipline

In physical abuse, unlike physical forms of discipline, the following elements are present:

  • Unpredictability
  • Lashing out in anger
  • Using fear to control