Child Abuse Part 1

What is Child Abuse?

It is a sad reality that child abuse happens in our world. Every day there are new reports of how someone has mistreated an innocent child. Whether you are a survivor of abuse or someone who is around kids, it is good to know some specifics about child abuse in order to help and/or prevent children from experiencing this horrible tragedy. This week we will be digging into types of abuse, warning signs of what to look for, the effects abuse has, and the risk factors of abuse. But for starters we need to look at a definition of child abuse so everyone understands what we are talking about.

Child maltreatment (according to the CDC) is defined as: "Any act or series of acts of commission or omission by a parent or other caregiver (e.g., clergy, coach, teacher) that results in harm, potential for harm, or threat of harm to a child."

Acts of Commission or Child Abuse (according to the CDC) is: "Words or overt actions that cause harm, potential harm, or threat of harm to a child. Acts of commission are deliberate and intentional; however, harm to a child may or may not be the intended consequence. Intentionality only applies to the caregivers' acts-not the consequences of those acts. For example, a caregiver may intend to hit a child as punishment (i.e., hitting the child is not accidental or unintentional) but not intend to cause the child to have a concussion."

Acts of Omission or Child Neglect (according to the CDC) is:  "The failure to provide for a child's basic physical, emotional, or educational needs or to protect a child from harm or potential harm. Like acts of commission, harm to a child may or may not be the intended consequence."

Remember these definitions as you read the rest of the week. Thanks for reading!

Source: Centers For Disease Control (CDC) and Preventions website

Written by guest blogger Teri Claassen MSW, LCSW, LCAC

Teri Claassen MSW, LCSW, LCAC is a licensed therapist at Renewed Horizon Counseling. Teri does virtual therapy for residents of Indiana and Florida using videoconferencing technology. Teri enjoys doing marriage counseling, individual counseling, couples and relationship counseling. Teri also does family counseling and adolescent counseling. You can find Teri at