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Physical abuse

Physical abuse includes hitting, burning, pushing or kicking someone, misuse of medication and restraint.

Possible indicators of physical abuse

  • Any injury not fully explained by the history given.
  • Injuries inconsistent with the lifestyle of the adult.
  • Bruises and / or welts on face, lips, mouth, torso, arms, back, buttocks, thighs.
  • Clusters of injuries forming regular patterns or reflecting the shape of an article.
  • Burns, especially on soles, palms or back; from immersion in hot water, friction burns, rope or electric appliance burns.
  • Multiple fractures.
  • Lacerations or abrasions to mouth, lips, gums, eyes, external genitalia.
  • Marks on body, including slap marks, finger marks.
  • Injuries at different stages of healing.
  • Medication misuse (under or over-medicating).
  • Inappropriate use of physical restraint.
  • Person showing signs of fear or emotional distress
  • The adult who needs care and support telling you they have been hit, slapped or physically mistreated.


Last updated: Jun 15 2023

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