Child Month Fact – Physical Abuse Of Our Children

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Physical abuse is any act or failure to act that leads to the non-accidental, physical harm of a child or that places the child’s physical well-being at risk. It includes, but is not limited to, beating, burning, choking, kicking, punching, harmful restraint and the use of a weapon or instrument.

Signs of physical abuse include:

  • Unexplained bruises in various stages of healing or unexplained fractures, abrasions or other injuries
  • Nervous, hyperactive, aggressive, disruptive, and destructive behaviours
  • Undue fear of a parent or caretaker
  • Unusual wariness of physical contact