Child Maltreatment is any kind of abuse that can cause physical and/or psychological harm to a child under the age of eighteen. This is a major issue impacting all parts of the world.
There are four categories of child abuse:
- Physical Abuse- involves the use of non-accidental physical force towards a child and can lead to serious injuries or even death.
- Sexual Abuse- involves any sexual activity that engages a child.
- Mental/Psychological Abuse-involves any harmful action towards a child that affects the mental or psychological aspect of that child. This can include the use of a loud or threatening voice or the use of improper language.
- Neglect- the failure to meet a child’s basic needs. This includes clothing, food, medical access and education.
|Child Maltreatment: This fact sheet provides a basic overview of child maltreatment.|
Child Maltreatment Related Publications
|The World Report on Child Injury Prevention provides an inclusive review of current knowledge about the various types of unintentional child injuries. World Health Organization, 2012
|The preventing Child Maltreatment Program Activity Guide provides basic overview of how to prevent child maltreatment, prevention strategies, and prams available. Center for Diseases Control, 2008|
Child Abuse Campaigns
Massachusetts Enough Abuse Campaign
One Strong ‘Ohana Campaign