Child Abuse

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Child abuse facts

  • Child abuse is when a caregiver purposefully harms a child.
  • About 40 million children worldwide suffer abuse every year, with more than 1,500 children dying of abuse in the United States annually.
  • Survivors of child maltreatment are at greater risk for physical, emotional, work, and relationship problems throughout childhood and into adulthood.
  • Common forms of child abuse include neglect, physical assault, emotional abuse, and sexual assault.
  • Child abuse risk factors include issues that involve the victim, family, perpetrator, and community.
  • Victims of child abuse often experience stress in reaction to the abuse as well as symptoms related to the kind of abuse they endured.
  • Child abuse symptoms and signs vary according to the child's developmental stage and age.
  • The treatment for child abuse involves first securing the safety of the child from further abuse and addressing any physical injuries from which the child may be suffering. The emotional needs of the child are then assessed and addressed.
  • There are many ways to prevent child abuse; every state in the U.S. has child-abuse-reporting hotlines.
Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 3/26/2014

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