Physical Child Abuse; references, what it is, signs, effects, solutions,

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The issue of child abuse is widespread and affects the individual, the family, and society as a whole. When a child has any signs of violence displayed or placed upon them by someone older they have experienced child abuse. The issue is that people do not recognize the physical abuse as soon as it is occurring, resulting in prolonged problems. Many cases of child abuse remain unknown for various reasons such as fear in the child to be further mistreated (Department Justice of Canada, 1). In 1998, it is estimated that there were 135, 000 investigations of child maltreatment. Results showed that for every 1000 children, 22 had been a victim of child abuse (Department Justice of Canada, 2). Following the rate of child abuse shows that the trend is going up. It is important to take the matter seriously because too many cases of child abuse are left undisclosed and this number will continue to grow.

The term physical child abuse refers to the use of violence, or any form of physical mistreatment to a child by anyone who they hold their trust in. It involves using force purposely, resulting in injury or the risk of injury (Department Justice of Canada, 1). Signs of child abuse in their appearance are not usually hard to identify. They include things like, burns fractures, unusual patterns of bruising, etc. There are also internal signs of injury that may be discovered by a doctor (Newton, 4). There are also signs to look for in the child's behaviour, for example, anger, fears, avoiding social contact or seem withdrawn, aggression, depression, hard-to-believe stories about how accidents occurred, school problems or failure, seems afraid of a parent or other adults, self-destructive, etc (Newton, 5). Physical child abuse affects everyone. It directly...