Child Abuse Law

What is Child Abuse?

Child Abuse is the physical or psychological mistreatment of a child by his or her parents (including adoptive parents), guardians, or other adults. While this term emphasizes on carrying out wrong acts, a related term is child neglect: not doing what is necessary, negligence. The combined problem area is often called Child Abuse and neglect. Below the term abuse is used in the generalized meaning which also includes neglect. Child abuse occurs in all classes of society.

Maladjusted psychological need may drive an adult to abuse a child. One thing in common among different types and degrees of abuse is failure to consider a child’s long-term interest.


Imposing malnutrition on a child can be a form of abuse depending on severity. For example, causing a child to forfeit breakfast one morning might not be considered child abuse.



Among the symptoms that various professionals sometimes ascribe to and seek as signs of child abuse are:


A. Emotional Abuse

  • Emotional withdrawal/distance
  • Parental refusal of needed medical care
  • Premature sexual/romantic promiscuity for girls
  • Lack of sexual interest (e.g. dating) for boys (with respect to age, cultural, and religious beliefs)
  • Shyness
  • Child seems afraid of parents/care givers
  • Stunting of mental/emotional growth
  • Failure to look people in the eye
  • Temper tantrums/violence
  • Speech and language difficulties


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