Physical Abuse of Children
Physical aggression towards children is widespread in Western society. If you tallied up the number of adults who have ever struck a child in anger, the prevalence of this form of child abuse would be widespread indeed. Physical abuse can range from slapping, pinching, biting or hitting a child, all the way up to kicking them, hitting them with objects, slamming or throwing a child around the room, or more severe beatings that leave a child with broken bones, internal injuries, or worse.
Isolated aggression on the milder end of the spectrum usually doesn’t leave a permanent imprint. But even physical discipline such as spanking has been linked with psychological, social and emotional damage in children, even when it occurs as infrequently as several times a year. Physical abuse is also the most dangerous type of child abuse. Every year between 1,000 and 1,500 children in the United States perish at the hands of an angry caretaker, and most experts believe the actual number is much higher, since many child abuse deaths are passed off as accidents and never recorded as such on hospital death certificates.
This page contains information that explores the subject of physical abuse, along with resources that will help those children affected by it recover from their experiences.