Physical abuse is where a child experiences severe/persistent mistreatment through behaviours such as beating, shaking, being given drugs and alcohol, excessive discipline and physical punishment.
The harm experienced by a child as a result of these behaviours will be significant in the child’s wellbeing. Harm that a child may experience as a result of physical abuse can include cuts, bruises, burns, bites and fractures. Injuries as a result of physical abuse are not considered accidental.
There is no single cause of child abuse. Children may be abused for a number of reasons, these include:
- Various addictions eg. drugs, alcohol etc.
- Parent unable to cope
- Relationship difficulties
- Anger management issues
- Post Traumatic Stress Syndrome
- Mental illness
While physical signs (such as bruises) or changes in behaviour may be a cause for concern, these indicators have also been seen in children who have not been subjected to abuse. If you have concerns for a child’s safety and well being contact the Department for Child Protection to discuss your concerns on 1800 622 258.
If you require legal advice or representation in any legal matter, please contact Armstrong Legal.
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