Crime Victims Services - Child Abuse - Types of Child Abuse
Physical Abuse Indicators:
Unexplained bruises, burns, skeletal injuries, head injuries, lacerations, or abrasions. School absences may correlate with appearance of injury.
Child may be: Easily frightened or fearful, wary of physical contact, afraid to go home, destructive to self and others.
Sexual Abuse Indicators:
Explicit or bizarre sexual knowledge, precocious sexually related speech or experimentation, loss of appetite, unexplained bruises/injuries in genital areas, anorexia or other stress related disorders, alcohol or drug abuse, frequent nightmares, unexplained gifts, extra money, or pornography in the child’s possession.
Child may be: Obsessed with masturbation, withdrawn from normal human contact, depressed and having suicidal thoughts, self-destructive, excessively fearful of selected individuals or locations.
Emotional Abuse Indicators:
Physical problems exacerbated by emotional distress, regressive behavior, failure to thrive in infancy or early childhood low self-esteem.
Child may be: Overly passive or aggressive, experiencing developmental lags, or developing sleeping disorders.
Poor hygiene, lacks weather appropriate clothing, unattended medical or dental needs.
Child may be: Constantly fatigued, experiencing developmental lags, begging or stealing food.