Physical Abuse

Physical Abuse is different from discipline.

Discipline is administered by a parent in order to teach a child right from wrong, or to prevent the child from injuring himself. It is consistent and not carried out to satisfy the parent’s anger. Abuse, on the other hand, is unpredictable and stems from the parent’s own need to lash out in anger or frustration.

Discipline does not require the use of any implement, such as a belt or stick, and should not leave bruises or draw blood.

Bodily signs of physical abuse:
Behavioral signs of physical abuse:


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