Child Abuse

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Child Abuse

It is to deliberately hurt a child, causing injuries such as bruises, broken bones, burns, or cuts. It isn’t accidental – children who are physically abused suffer violence such as being hit, kicked, poisoned, burned, slapped, or having objects thrown at them. Shaking or hitting babies can cause non-accidental head injuries. Sometimes, parents or carers will make up or cause the symptoms of illness in their child, perhaps giving them the medicine they don’t need and making the child unwell – this is known as fabricated or induced illness (FII). There’s no excuse for physically abusing a child. It causes severe, and often long-lasting, harm – and in extreme cases, death.

Adults who physically abuse children may have: emotional or behavioural problems such as difficulty controlling their anger, family or relationship problems, experienced abuse as a child, parenting difficulties including unrealistic expectations of children, not understanding a child's needs or no idea how to respond to a child's health issues.

Child Sexual abuse: This involves physical contact, including assault by penetration (e.g. rape or oral sex) or non-penetrative acts (e.g. masturbation, kissing, rubbing, and touching outside of clothing), non-contact activities, such as involving young people in looking at or producing sexual images, watching sexual activities, or encouraging young people to behave in sexually inappropriate ways, or grooming a young person in preparation for sexual exploitation – including via the internet.

It can be one single incident or repeated abuse but usually it is a pattern of behaviour. If you feel intimidated by or frightened of your partner to the point where you feel that you have to change your behaviour you may be experiencing domestic violence. Domestic Abuse can happen to anyone regardless of their gender, race, ethnicity, age or sexuality and can include other family members including children and young people.

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