Forgot Password
Course Login
Child Physical Abuse

“Physical abuse is the most visible form of child maltreatment, and is defined as physical injury resulting from punching, beating, kicking, biting, burning or otherwise harming a child”. National Resource Center on Child Abuse and Neglect.

Physical indicators include:

  • bruises
  • human bite marks
  • lacerations
  • cigarette burns
  • swollen areas
  • broken bones
  • marks on child’s face, head, back, chest, genital area, buttocks or thighs
  • missing hair

Behavioral indicators include:

  • Extreme withdrawn or aggressive behavior
  • Chronic runaway behavior
  • Wearing clothing inappropriate for weather to cover the body

Many times physical abuse is a result of excessive discipline or physical punishment that is inappropriate for the child’s age. To try to justify for the abusive behavior, an often misquoted Bible verse is used:

He who spares the rod, spoils the child. - Proverbs 13:24.

Godly discipline, administered in love shouldn’t leave physical marks or emotional scars.

Types of Child Abuse: