Alternate Names : Physical Abuse, Neglect, Sexual Abuse, Emotional Abuse
What can be done to prevent the injury?
Providing information about the risks of abuse is important. Developing trust within communities helps people talk about abuse. Education about community resources for victims of abuse is key. Reading about child abuse raises awareness.
Ask directly about signs that may indicate abuse. For instance, if a neighbor
child has unexplained
bruising, ask that child how the injury occurred. Even though
a child may not tell you exactly what happened, his or her reaction can give you
more information about the situation. Simply asking the
right questions can sometimes reduce the risk factor of social isolation.
Showing concern can give the child confidence that there is someone to turn to.