These signs might mean a child is a victim of violence and neglect:
Parents who were victims of violence and neglect as children,
can often continue the cycle when they punish their own children.
Being poor, sick or on drugs, increases the risk of harming and neglecting a child.
If you suspect that a child you know is being harmed and neglected- perhaps a niece or a nephew, a child in the neighborhood or at school - you need to do something about it.
Use common sense in trying to figure out if a child is being harmed or neglected. For example, normal, active children get some bruises and bumps from everyday playing. These bruises are mostly over bony areas such as knees, elbows, and shins. But -- if you see a child with injuries on other parts of their body, such as their stomach, cheeks, ears, buttocks, mouth, or thighs, you should think twice. Black eyes, human bite marks, and round burns the size of a cigarette, don't come from everyday play!
Not all child abuse is physical. Emotional abuse is one of the most common and harmful forms of child abuse. Making fun of a child, name calling, always finding fault, and showing no respect can damage a child's self-esteem forever! When emotional abuse occurs often, and over a long period of time, it can have a lifelong impact -- affecting a child's happiness, relationships and success.
As with other types of harm and neglect, parents who were emotionally abused are more likely to emotionally abuse their own kids. To stop the abuse, they need to become aware of how they’re treating their children. Often they don’t know how damaging their behavior is. If they did, and knew how much it hurt their children, they would likely want to stop it. However, they may not be able to stop without help from a professional.
In most child abuse cases, parents don’t want to hurt their children. Most abuse occurs when adults have a hard time controlling their anger. Even if they don't mean to, a parent who abuses a child could do it again, especially if their anger and stresses are not managed. They may need help from an outside group, such as a church, parenting education center, or local Parents Anonymous chapter.
If you have abused your child or feel that you might --- talk with a trusted friend, doctor, or clergyman. Don’t be afraid – you need help, and it’s a great start! They can refer you to someone who can help you.
Many community groups and churches offer parenting classes that can help you learn how to talk to your child and manage your problems.
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Forms of Violence and Neglect Against Children
What Makes People Harm and Neglect Children
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