What is physical child abuse?
Physical abuse is a subset of child abuse. Physical abuse involves physical aggression or injury directed at a child by an adult or caregiver. We mean physical abuse if an adult hurts a child – causing them physical harm, such as cuts, bruises, broken bones or other injuries. It can include hitting, shaking, throwing, poisoning, burning and slapping.
Many cultures around the world have different views of this issue. In many African and Asian countries, children are disciplined at home and at school with the use of whips.
Sometimes these can cause severe harm.
In many western countries, this is not acceptable and against the law. This means there is no clear line of what constitutes physical abuse.
It all depends on where it is applied, and what is generally acceptable to the community. The bottom line, however is that, there is never a good reason to deliberately injure a child.
Did you know:
Domestic violence is also a form of physical abuse, even though the abuse is between two adults. The adults could be parents, married couples, girlfriends and boyfriends and same-sex relationships. It can be very scary if a child (including teens) is caught up in domestic abuse. The child can see and hear all the violent things going on and that can have huge impact on them.