What is Physical Abuse?

Physical abuse is any non-accidental act that results in physical injury to a child or adolescent. Physical abuse can result from physical punishment that goes too far or when a parent or caregiver lashes out in anger. There are many signs of physical abuse. Although there are cases where child abuse occurs outside the home, most often children are abused by a caregiver or someone they know, not a stranger.

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Recognizing Signs of Child Abuse and Neglect

Abuse occurs in all types of relationships and among people with varying backgrounds of age, race, religion, financial status, sexual orientation and education. Child abuse includes physical, sexual, verbal or emotional abuse, as well as neglect. Protecting children from abuse and neglect is a community responsibility.

How to Help Your Kids Support Their Friends Who Have an Injury or Illness

Mental Health Needs for Children and Adolescents Following Injury

Experiencing an injury can be a traumatic event for children and adolescents as well as their parents and caregivers. While not all children experience long-term emotional problems related to injuries, there are some things to be aware of to help your child during recovery.

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Therapy After Trauma: What to Expect

If you have, or know, a child who has been exposed to trauma, it’s important to seek out appropriate treatment and support. Trauma is the experience of violence or victimization including sexual abuse, physical abuse, severe neglect, loss, domestic violence or witnessing of violence,

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If You See Abuse Follow the 3 Rs

You can do your part as an active bystander by responding appropriately to abuse. No matter the situation or who is involved, there are many resources available to victims and bystanders.

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Exposure to Community Violence and Its Impact on Our Youth

Exposure to violent events can be traumatic and can negatively impact multiple factors such as development, academic functioning, coping skills and relationships. Kids are not only being exposed to violence within their communities at a much higher rate, but also through technology.

The Pediatricians Role in Health and Hope after Trauma

Health and Hope after Trauma

A primary care provider’s ability to identify and treat symptoms associated with trauma can increase positive outcomes for patients and families.

The Dilemma of Undertriaged Trauma Cases

The Dilemma of Undertriaged Trauma Cases

A significant portion of major trauma patients receive definitive care outside a level I or II trauma center, but currently proposed solutions may be impractical.