Child Physical Abuse | Child Sexual Abuse | Child Neglect | Child Psychological Abuse
Child physical abuse is nonaccidental physical injury to a
child—ranging from minor bruises to severe fractures or death—occurring
as a result of punching, beating, kicking, biting, shaking, throwing,
stabbing, choking, hitting (with a hand, stick, strap, or other
object), burning, or any other method that is inflicted by a parent,
caregiver, or other individual who has responsibility for the child.
Such injury is considered abuse regardless of whether the caregiver
intended to hurt the child. Physical discipline, such as spanking
or paddling, is not considered abuse as long as it is reasonable
and causes no bodily injury to the child.