Physical Abuse

Physical abuse is the most obvious form of abuse. It is the one most people think about when they hear the words “child abuse.” It is an act that results in physical injury to a child such as punching, beating, kicking, biting, burning, breaking bones, hair pulling and shaking a baby. 17.8% of all child abuse cases are the result of physical abuse.*
Signs That May Indicate a Child Has Been Physically Abused

* Recurrent injuries with unexplained, guarded, implausible, or inconsistent explanations

* Oddly shaped or patterned bruises or lacerations (from an object)

* Uncommon locations for injury (underarms, neck, back, genitals, stomach, thighs)

* Lacerations

* Burns (cigarette, immersion)

* Welts

* Broken bones and intracranial trauma

* Hair loss

* Wearing long sleeve clothing out of season

* Hesitation on showing certain body parts (not dressing out for P.E.)

* Acts out aggression on others

* Fear, withdrawal, depression

* Fantasies, art work, or threats related to violence

* Regression

* Nightmares, insomnia