Family Violence

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Family violence is an issue that we as human beings will probably encounter during the course of our lifetime. While there are many forms of family violence, I view child abuse and neglect as the worst forms. Nothing bothers me more than knowing that somewhere, someone is abusing a completely helpless individual. I view it as our duty as humans to ensure that no child has to experience the pain and suffering involved with child abuse and neglect. This may seem like an impossible task, because people have been trying for years to end child abuse with no success. I believe, however, that we have the ability to end the threat of child abuse. I hope to accomplish several things with this paper. First of all, I want you to come away from this paper knowing what child abuse and neglect is. Secondly, I want you to know how often it occurs and what the effects are.

Finally, I will lay out a potential plan for ending the threat of child abuse and neglect that we as humans can adopt.

Part of the problem in dealing with child abuse and neglect is the lack of clear definitions. There are several types of abuse and neglect, all of which have their own definitions. According to the National Child Abuse and Neglect Data System (NCANDS), five types accounted for most of the reported child abuse and neglect committed in 1996. These five types were; physical abuse, sexual abuse, neglect, emotional abuse, and medical neglect. Physical abuse is the most visible form of child maltreatment, defined as physical injury resulting from punching, kicking, beating, biting, burning, or otherwise harming a child (American Humane Association, 1999). Most states define sexual abuse as an act by a person which forces, coerces, or threatens...