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Physical Abuse

Physical Abuse | Symptoms & Signs | Diagnosis & Tests | Prevention & Expectations | Treatment & Monitoring

What are the signs and symptoms of the injury?

Most injuries occur to the neck, head, chest, breast, lower back, and belly. Victims who are pregnant are often beaten in the breast and abdomen. Even though they may be severely hurt, victims often do not seek medical help right away.

A person may have been physically abused if he or she has:

  • broken bones
  • broken or missing teeth
  • bruises, scrapes, and cuts anywhere on the body
  • injuries on different parts of the body, in different stages of healing
  • rope burns or burns from something hot, such as a cigarette
  • a sprained finger, arm, or leg

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    Physical Abuse: Overview, Causes, & Risk Factors


    Physical Abuse: Diagnosis & Tests

    Author: Elizabeth Smith, BA
    Reviewer: Eileen McLaughlin, RN, BSN
    Date Reviewed: 08/29/01

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