Child abuse is the deliberate action to a harm a child’s well-being whether it be physically, emotionally, or sexually. Choking,indecent exposure or pornographic materials, and constant criticisms are allexamples of child abuse. Physical abuse defined as the intentional behaviorfrom a parent or guardian direct towards a child to cause bodily pain, injury,or death.
Spotting physical abuse is sometimes less difficult, as the marks areusually visual. A few ways to detect physical abuse would be noticingunexplained injuries, that the child is afraid of his/her parents and attemptsto avoid their care, and that the child shies away from or avoids other adults.The obvious sign would be if a child reported injuries. Emotional abuse, whichis harder to define than physical abuse, ignores the psychological needs of achild.
Emotional abuse involves the lack of emotions and affection as well as withholdingany form of affectionate contact and approval. Ways to detect emotional abuseis a bit more difficult, however there a few signs. If extreme behavior likepassiveness or aggression is noticed, suicidal attempts, and too mature orimmature behavior is noticed, the child may be going through emotional abuse. Similar too but differing from child abuse, isneglect of a child, which is often harder to recognize than abuse. Neglect generallyrefers to the disregard for the psychical, emotional, and moral needs of achild. When a child is malnourished, dirty, without proper sleeping arrangements,ill and lacking proper medical care, not attending school, overworked orexploited, etc, the child is being neglected.
Some ways to detect the neglectof a child would be to notice that he/she is absent from school, is dirty-hasbody odder and dirty clothes, or that the child is not dressed properly forweather conditions.