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Physical Abuse

Signs and symptoms of physical abuse​:

  • Bruises, welts, cuts, burns or fractures - either unexplained or where the injury is not consistent with the explanation


  • Injury in an area where children don't usually get hurt - the torso, back, neck, buttocks, thighs

  • Repeated injury suggesting a pattern of abuse

  • Delay in seeking medical treatment


  • Attempts by a caretaker to hide an injury or seclude the child

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