Stories of child abuse litter the news on a weekly basis, each one as heartbreaking as the next. Through these stories, and its portrayal in other media, we build assumptions on what the circumstances must be for abuse to happen. However, these assumptions are not entirely accurate and can hinder the credibility of cases that break out of these stereotypes. Outlined in Nursing Approach to the Evaluation of Child Maltreatment 2E, this post explores common myths around child abuse and the truth behind them.Read More »
Children under the age of five are the most likely to be affected by abusive head trauma, sometimes resulting in long-term injury or death. Fortunately, abusive head trauma is preventable when parents know the right information about infant behavior, the right audiences are addressed with hands-on training, and awareness of the frustrations of care-giving are brought to the surface. Featured in our abusive head trauma titles, here are some ways to prevent abusive head trauma. Read More »
Before a victim discloses sexual abuse or assault, there may be signs to recognize if it has occurred. Below are indicators for both children and adults who have been the target of this kind of violence, as outlined in our sexual assault titles.Read More »
Physical neglect in children is more recognized due to the apparent visibility. The same can go for medical neglect, which is why the two are typically associated when discussing neglect. However, medical neglect deserves distinction due to its handling in the health care setting. As outlined in the Nursing Approach to Child Maltreatment 2E, here are some basic facts and definitions about medical neglect. Read More »
When someone comes forward with a case of assault, it can be difficult for others to fully understand the experience of the survivor and the lives they have to live moving forward. We have touched before on related topics, like how to help victims, the barriers some face, and how damaging abuse like this can be. With information outlined in our Medical Response to Adult Sexual Assault, we can look into some of the mental disruption sexual assault causes and how sexual assault is categorized as a traumatic event. Read More »
Any form of sexual assault or rape is unacceptable and damaging to those who have experienced the assault and everyone around them. When it comes to victim population, men are less likely to report when they have been victimized and are less likely to seek help. As outlined in our Medical Response to Adult Sexual Assault, some barriers and vulnerabilities contribute to why that is. Read More »
When working with victims of abuse, it is essential to maintain an atmosphere that allows for safety and trust. When handled properly, victims can not only come forward with their case, but they can share vital details to the multidisciplinary team that works to investigate and diagnose these cases. For children, maintaining care and trust after a traumatic event of abuse, neglect, or violence is especially important. As outlined in our newest book, Child Abuse Quick Reference Third Edition, we offer some tips for the best follow-up care with children after a traumatic incidence. Read More »
To stop child maltreatment at the source, efforts must be made not only to educate the general public but parents who are at higher risk of causing maltreatment as well. Within this population are parents engaged in domestic violence which children are exposed to. We have discussed before how domestic violence affects children in the home. Now, in our new Child Maltreatment Prevention textbook, efforts are outlined as to how domestic violence can be prevented, which can also prevent harm to children in the home.
After a traumatic event, common with abuse, maltreatment, or neglect, the psychological outcomes can leave lasting damage. Although the experience and the individual make each response unique, there are some determinants to how some victims react to traumatic events, especially in cases of child maltreatment. Below, and outlined in our Mental Health Issues of Child Maltreatment textbook, are some variables that affect the reactions to these events.
When those affected by abuse, violence, and maltreatment make the choice to seek help, the response they receive can make the world of a difference. This is especially true for domestic violence survivors who are escaping an abusive relationship, sometimes with children. Outlined in our Intimate Partner Violence textbook, here are some important points to keep in mind to maintain a positive response to survivors.Read More »