The impact of physical abuse on a child’s life can be far-reaching. It is especially devastating when a parent, the person a child depends on for protection and safety, becomes a danger.
Physical abuse is one of the most common forms of child maltreatment. Legal definitions vary from state to state, but broadly, physical abuse occurs when a parent or caregiver commits an act that results in physical injury to a child or adolescent, such as red marks, cuts, welts, bruises, muscle sprains, or broken bones, even if the injury was unintentional.
The interventions below are among those that are being used by NCTSN members to help children who have been, or are at risk of becoming, victims of physical abuse.
The following resources on Physical Abuse were developed by the NCTSN.