When head injury occurs with children, sometimes it is caused by accident and sometimes it is caused by other medical ailments. However, in some cases abuse can be involved in child head injuries. In this post, we explore indicators of abuse in head injuries during the reporting and diagnosis of the injury, as outlined in our Abusive Head Trauma Quick Reference.Read More »
Children, especially early in their lives, learn their most important lessons from their parents. However, if they’re learning from parents involved in domestic violence, the outcome can be more damaging than people believe. Many children exposed to domestic violence are affected by its outcome in each stage of life, including adulthood. In this post, we’re going to focus on how children’s health is impacted by domestic violence.Read More »
It is common knowledge that any act of abuse or neglect causes irreversible damage to the victim. However, effects are present even after the initial offense and has deeper impact than the immediate damage created. Here are some of those effects, both short-term and long-term.
The advocacy for “Wyatt’s Law” began when Wyatt Hammel, at one year old, was left in the care of his father’s girlfriend and shaken so severely that he was then hospitalized for nearly two months experiencing skull fractures, fractured limbs, brain swelling, and temporary blindness. The effects of this incident have had long-term consequences for the now three-year-old Hammel who lives with special needs and is now in school learning to speak. Wyatt’s mother, Erica Hammel, has said of the severity of his experience: “it came in as a homicide case because they didn’t expect him to make it.”Read More »
Among our many new and upcoming titles is the Pediatric Abusive Head Trauma Pocket Atlas Series. Consisting of two volumes, this series joins our other Abusive Head Trauma related titles in helping to identify Abusive Head Trauma, and to rule out abusive trauma in cases where medical issues and head injuries may emulate the effects of abuse. Ruling out the possibility of these alternative issues is incredibly crucial in properly identifying child abuse, preventing misdiagnoses, and ensuring that no wrongful conviction of child abuse occurs, as well as ensuring that if an alternative medical issue is present, it is properly treated. For these reasons the second book in our new series focuses entirely on that.Read More »
It is estimated that nearly 3,000 children in the United States each year are affected by Uxoricide, murder of an intimate partner, because the victim, the perpetrator, or both are their parents. While the affects of uxoricide on the victim’s and/or perpetrator’s children are similar to those experienced by a child of any murdered parent, there are additional traumas experienced by the children of Uxoricide, most importantly that most cases end either in a murder/suicide or in incarceration of the guilty parent. In either of these cases the child loses both parents at once and this is especially traumatic. We have a complete chapter on Children of Uxoricide in our comprehensive guide toMental Health Issues of Child Maltreatmentincluding a section on the effective and ineffective coping mechanisms of these children.Read More »
Parents, teachers, and caregivers often want to prevent and stop child abuse but feel unqualified to identify or report it. Our affordable resource, Helping Children Affected by Abuse is designed for the exact purpose of making teachers and caregivers feel more confident in their ability to identify and report child abuse as well as understanding their responsibility to do so. In one chapter, we focus on helping to identify types of emotional abuse and risk indicators for emotional abuse.Read More »
A hallmark of abuse is silencing the victim. Victims of all sorts of abuse commonly feel that their voice is one of the most powerful things taken from them, that they were either silenced or discredited during their abuse. It is a topic that comes up again and again in discussing domestic or child abuse, the feeling of hopelessness that comes with the inability to speak out against the abuser. Read More »