Physical Abuse is often defined as any non-accidental injury. It is accompanied by emotional abuse 100% of the time and can be any physical injury resulting from:

  • Hitting
  • Kicking
  • Slapping
  • Hair pulling
  • Biting
  • Shoving
  • Choking
  • Pinching
  • Punching
  • Burning
  • Beating
  • Whipping

While it is possible for injuries to occur by accident, bruises and broken bones may also be warning signs of abuse. Abuse should be suspected if injuries are happening frequently, the explanation does not match the injury or more than one injury is visible at one time.