Emotional Abuse
Neglect
Physical Abuse
Sexual Abuse

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There are four major types of child maltreatment:

Neglect is the failure to provide for a child's basic needs. Neglect can present itself in a number of different ways. This can include:
  • Obvious Malnourishment
  • Lack of Personal Cleanliness
  • Torn or Dirty Clothing
  • Stealing or Begging for Food
  • A child left unattended for long periods of time
  • A need for glasses, dental care, or other medical attention
  • Frequent tardiness or absence from school
Emotional Abuse is mental or emotional injury that results in an observable and material impairment in a child's growth, development, or psychological functioning. It includes extreme forms of punishment such as confining a child to a dark closet, habitual scapegoating, belittling, and rejecting treatment for a child. Symptoms of this type of abuse can include:
  • Over compliance
  • Low self-esteem
  • Severe depression, anxiety, or aggression
  • Difficulty making friends or doing things with other children
  • Lagging in physical, emotional, or intellectual development
  • The caregiver belittles the child, withholds love, and seems unconcerned about the child's problems
Physical Abuse is physical injury (ranging from minor bruises to severe fractures or death) as a result of punching, beating, shaking, kicking, biting, throwing, stabbing, hitting, burning, choking, or otherwise harming a child. Such injury is considered abuse regardless of whether the caretaker intended to hurt the child. This can include:
  • Frequent injuries such as bruises, cuts, black eyes, or burns without adequate explanations
  • Frequent complaints of pain without obvious injury
  • Burns or bruises in unusual patterns that may indicate the use of an instrument or human bite; cigarette burns on any part of the body.
  • Lack of reaction to pain
  • Aggressive, disruptive, and destructive behavior
  • Passive, withdrawn, and emotionless behavior
  • Fear of going home or seeing parents; injuries that appear after a child has not been seen for several days
  • Unreasonable clothing that may hide injuries to arms or legs
Sexual Abuse includes activities by a parent or caretaker such as fondling a child's genitals, penetration, incest, rape, sodomy, indecent exposure, and commercial exploitation through prostitution or the production of pornographic materials. Symptoms of this type of abuse can appear as:
  • Physical signs of sexually transmitted diseases
  • Evidence of injury in the genital area
  • Pregnancy in a young girl
  • Difficulty in sitting or walking
  • Frequent expressions of sexual activity between adult and child
  • Extreme fear of being alone with adults of a certain sex
  • Sexually suggestive, inappropriate, or promiscuous behavior
  • Knowledge of sexual relations beyond what is expected for a child's age
  • Sexual victimization of other children
  • Learn More about the Signs and Symptoms of Sexual Abuse
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