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Signs of Abuse


Physical Indicators

  • Injuries that don’t fit the explanation
  • Presence of several injuries that are at different stages
  • Facial injuries in infants and preschool children
  • Injuries don’t fit well with the child’s age and developmental stage

Behavioural Indicators

  • Cannot recall how injuries occurred or offers an explanation that doesn’t fit
  • Wary of adults
  • May cringe or flinch if touched unexpectedly
  • Infants may display a vacant stare
  • Extremely aggressive or withdrawn



Physical Indicators

  • Bed-wetting that is nonmedical
  • Frequent psychosomatic complaints, headaches, nausea, abdominal pains
  • Child fails to thrive

Behavioural Indicators

  • Severe depression
  • Extreme withdrawal or aggressiveness
  • Overly compliant, too well-mannered, too neat or clean
  • Extreme attention seeking
  • Displays extreme inhibition in play



Physical Indicators         

  • Unusual or excessive itching or injuries in the genital or anal area
  • Torn, stained, or bloody underwear
  • Pregnancy
  • Sexually transmitted disease

Behavioural Indicators

  • Age-inappropriate play with toys, self, or others displaying explicit sexual acts
  • Age-inappropriate sexually explicit drawing and/or descriptions
  • Bizarre, sophisticated, or unusual sexual knowledge
  • Seductive behaviour



Physical Indicators

  • Poor hygiene
  • Unattended physical or medical needs (e.g. glasses, dental work)
  • Consistent lack of supervision

 Behavioural Indicators

  • Pale, listless, unkempt
  • Frequent absence from school
  • Inappropriate clothing for the weather, dirty clothes
  • Frequently does not bring a lunch


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