What Is Child Abuse and Neglect? Recognizing the Signs and Symptoms
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Neglect? Recognizing the
Signs and Symptoms
The ﬁrst step in helping abused or neglected
children is learning to recognize the signs of What’s Inside:
child abuse and neglect. The presence of a single
• How is child abuse and neglect deﬁned
sign does not mean that child maltreatment in Federal law?
is occurring in a family, but a closer look at
• What are the major types of child abuse
the situation may be warranted when these
signs appear repeatedly or in combination.
• Recognizing signs of abuse and neglect
This factsheet is intended to help you better
understand the legal deﬁnition of child abuse • Resources
and neglect, learn about the different types
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