Physical Abuse

Physical abuse includes the punching, beating, kicking, biting, shaking, throwing, stabbing, choking, hitting (with a hand, stick, strap, or other object), burning, or other forms of harm to a child, that is inflicted by a person, whether an adult or older child, causing non-accidental physical injury, ranging from minor bruises to severe fractures or death.

Signs of physical abuse can include:

  • Multiple injuries or fractures at different stages of healing
  • Explanations that do not fit the injury
  • A high frequency of injury
  • Swollen areas
  • Bruises, lacerations, marks about the child’s body
  • Cigarette burns
  • Broken bones
  • Puncture marks
  • Missing hair