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Physical abuse

Physical abuse includes:

  • assault

  • hitting

  • slapping

  • pushing

  • misuse of medication

  • restraint or inappropriate physical sanctions.

Potential indicators of physical abuse

It is important not to jump to the wrong conclusion too quickly, but the list below may be indicators of potential physical abuse:

  • history of unexplained falls
  • unexplained bruising in well-protected areas or soft parts of the body
  • bruising in different stages of healing
  • unexplained burns in unusual locations
  • unexplained fractures to any part of the body
  • unexplained lacerations or abrasions
  • slap, kick, punch of finger marks
  • injury shape similar to an object
  • untreated medical problems
  • weight loss due to malnutrition or dehydration.

Useful Documents

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