Abuse Effecting Children and Youth

Physical Abuse: intentionally causing bodily harm or injury to oneself or to another person. This includes:

  • Slapping
  • Pinching
  • Choking
  • Kicking
  • Shoving
  • Inappropriate use of drugs or physical restraints
  • Bruises
  • Broken or fractured bones
  • Burns and scalding
  • Bite marks

Physical abuse can have long-lasting impact on children and youth – including leading to poor physical and mental health:

  • Anxiety
  • Behavioral difficulties
  • Legal problems with juvenile or criminal courts
  • Academic and problems at school
  • Violence
  • Depression
  • Drug, alcohol or other substance use
  • Eating disorders
  • Sexually acting out or risk behaviors
  • Suicidal or homicidal thoughts or threats

Relationship Abuse:

  • Accusations of cheating
  • Frequent signs of jealousy or acts of possessiveness
  • Constant checking on or attempts to control a person’s choices or actions
  • Frequent arguing and opposition
  • Isolating a person from family and friends
  • Verbal abuse or name-calling
  • Frequently using the “silent treatment” as a form of punishment
  • Withholding affection or attention
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