Child abuse is not always evident or easy to detect, particularly when the abuser is in a position of authority, such as a parent, stepparent, or other adult living in the household. Such figures of authority exercise a significant amount of power and influence over children, which can intimidate victims of abuse into silence. This is why we must be vigilant in our observations and know how to recognize the signs of child abuse.
Some of the signs to look out for include unexplained bruises, cuts, or burns, as well as behavioral changes. While these are some of the more obvious signs, it is important to note that not all abuse is physical. Emotional abuse can be just as damaging. Some of the most common forms of direct emotional abuse include verbal harassment, threats, put-downs, and language used with the intent to severely undercut a child’s feeling of self-worth.
This form of abuse can be indirect as well. If a parent alienates a child from another parent, this can cause stress and confusion in the child’s life. Neglect, such as failure to look after a child or to exercise appropriate discipline, is also a form of indirect abuse.
Regardless of the kind of abuse that is inflicted on a child, none of it is acceptable and, if one suspects that a child is being abused, it is important to take the matter seriously and handle it as quickly and effectively as possible. In cases where parents are divorced, it could be in the child’s best interest to modify a custody agreement to remove him or her from an abusive situation.
The Millard Law Firm is a trusted family law firm that is committed to protecting the rights of you and your children. If you need to modify your custody agreement, it is crucial to retain the representation of an experienced law firm.
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