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Physical Abuse

Physical abuse is the intentional use of physical force against the child that results in harm to the child’s health, survival, development or dignity.

Indicators of Physical Abuse

Physical Indicators – Injuries

  • Bruises, cuts, bite marks, fractures, burns
  • Injuries may not be consistent with the explanation given
  • Injuries that are internal
  • Injuries that appear to have a pattern
  • Various injuries over a period of time

Behavioural Indicators

  • Attempts to run away from home and/or the fear of going home
  • Shies away from touch, flinches at a sudden movement
  • Unwilling to talk about the injury or inconsistent information
  • Extremely aggressive or withdrawn
  • Looks unhappy or cries frequently
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