Physical abuse occurs when a person responsible for a child or adolescent's welfare causes physical injury or harm to the child. Examples of abusive treatment of children include: hitting with an object, kicking, burning, scalding, punching, and threatening or attacking with weapons. Children and adolescents who have been abused may suffer from depression, anxiety, low self-esteem, inability to build trusting relationships, alcohol and drug abuse, learning impairments, and conduct disorder.
For additional information see the following Facts for Families:
#5 - Child Abuse - the Hidden Bruises