The Power of Parenting

Wednesday, 23 September 2020

Child Abuse: Physical abuse

Q:Child Abuse: Physical abuse

Physical abuse includes anything a person does that physically harms a child. Harm is most often defined as any action that leaves marks or causes injury, and/or using an object to strike a child. However, there is no single definition of physical abuse. It is often left to local interpretation.

Any type of abuse can lead to a whole range of behavioural, emotional and physical problems. In Canada, anyone who believes a child is being abused is required to report it to the police or child protection authorities. If, additionally, you wish to speak to a counselor about this, consult your child's physician for referrals to appropriate family services in your area.