child abuse

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child abuse

(Social Welfare) physical, sexual, or emotional ill-treatment or neglect of a child, esp by those responsible for its welfare. See also nonaccidental injury

child′ abuse`

beating, neglect, or other mistreatment of a child by a parent or guardian.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.child abuse - the physical or emotional or sexual mistreatment of childrenchild abuse - the physical or emotional or sexual mistreatment of children
abuse, ill-treatment, ill-usage, maltreatment - cruel or inhumane treatment; "the child showed signs of physical abuse"
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When scientists understand why some female monkeys repeat the cycle of child abuse with their own babies and those of others, they'll be better prepared to come up with tests of prevention strategies that may be applicable to people, he says.
They all trust each other, too; therefore, I was filled with horror and disgust when I read in the LA Times that a pro skater charged with child abuse, which led to the death of his son, is wholly supported by Thrashers own editor, who claims he is "one of us.
Child Abuse Witnesses would like to stress that many concerns raised about child abuse cases are going unheard or unheeded by the authorities.
During the month of April thousands of people donned blue ribbons, the official symbol of the fight against child abuse and neglect, in recognition of Child Abuse Prevention Month.
As mandated reporters of child abuse, however, police and EMS personnel must understand the differences in behaviors and characteristics found in MSBP as opposed to other forms of abuse.
IN the wake of the horrifying murders of Holly Wells and Jessica Chapman, the abhorrence of child abuse is more on the agenda than ever.
This commitment manifested itself in individuals and businesses serving children and included significant efforts from federal (National Child Protection Act of 1 993; The Volunteers for Children Act in 1998; Child Abuse Prevention and Treatment Act -- CAPTA) and state government to reduce the risks and protect our children.
One approach has been to classify statutory rape as child abuse, making reporting mandatory for designated professionals.
ENI)--Australia's Anglican Church has announced an enquiry into child abuse in church institutions amid continuing criticism of the country's constitutional head of state -- a former Anglican archbishop' -- over handling of child abuse cases when he was archbishop of Brisbane.
For Jenkins, to write the history of child abuse is not to uncover a dirty secret.
The National Police Agency said Thursday 56 children died as a result of child abuse in the 12 months after a law against child abuse came into force in November last year.
Educators are mandated to report suspected child abuse to authorities.

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