Indicators of Child Abuse

Indicators of Emotional Abuse

There may be physical indicators that a child is being emotionally abused. Some examples of this are:

  • Bed-wetting or bed soiling that has no medical cause
  • Frequent psychosomatic complaints (e.g. headaches, nausea, abdominal pains)
  • Prolonged vomiting or diarrhoea
  • Has not attained significant developmental milestones
  • Dressed differently from other children in the family
  • Has deprived physical living conditions compared with other children in the family

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