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Transcript of Child Abuse
Emotional abuse is the continuation of mistreatment or neglect toward a child
Can damage a child’s emotional health and development
The characteristics of physical abuse
Abuse: True or False?
No clear boundaries or rules
The child never knows what will set the parent off
The child is constantly walking on egg shells
What is it?
Breaking the Cycle:
What you can do to help end abuse
Its only abuse if its violent
Child Abuse doesn't happen in "good" families
Crosses all racial, economic and cultural lines.
Can happen in any family
Manipulating a child
Never saying anything kind
using sarcasm to hurt a child
pushing a child beyond their limits
Children who have been abused can be good parents
There are many ways to seek help and break the cycle.
Sometimes they even take better care of their children
Why Emotional Abuse Happens:
Lashing out in Anger
Using fear to control behavior
Forgetting to offer praise and encouragement
Taking their anger out on them
A parent takes out their anger on their children
The angrier the parent, the more intense the abuse
A parent uses abuse to "keep child in line"
Teach proper behavior with negative incentive rather than positive
Facts and Statistics
In 2005, 3.3 million reports of child abuse with 6 million children
20% of contacts to the NSPCC’s helpline
1,593 children died in the United States because of abuse or neglect
Parents may be...
124 billion dollars- estimated minimum cost of child abuse to U.S. communities
Emotional abuse is all about control; usually the abuser has an unconscious need to control everything in his or her environment so he or she doesn't feel anxious. This is why the abuser often cuts off the victim from friends and family.
If you are super nice to the person who is criticizing you, his or her objections will melt away, and he or she will not be verbally abusive to you in the future. If the abuser has nothing to complain about, the complaining will stop.
Even after getting to know a roommate or lover for a while, if you suspect he or she is trying to control you, it is not a good idea to tell the person much about you that is personal.
•failing to provide medical care when a child is injured or sick
•locking a child in a closet /room
•placing a child in a dangerous situation that could lead to physical injury or death
A form of neglect
When a child is left alone for extended periods of time
When a child faces serious injury when left alone
1: Learn the facts and understand the risks
2: Minimize opportunity
3: Talk about it
4: Stay alert
- Steps -
5: Make a plan
6: Act on suspicion
four types of abuse
emotional and mental can be damaging
Child abuse prevention center:
The Orange County Child Abuse Prevention Center is a nonprofit directly serving at-risk children and families in crisis to prevent and break the generational cycle of child abuse