What does child abuse mean?

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. child abuse(noun)

    the physical or emotional or sexual mistreatment of children


  1. child abuse(Noun)

    The physical, sexual or emotional mistreatment of a child.


  1. Child abuse

    Child abuse is the physical, sexual or emotional maltreatment or neglect of a child or children. In the United States, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Department for Children And Families define child maltreatment as any act or series of acts of commission or omission by a parent or other caregiver that results in harm, potential for harm, or threat of harm to a child. Child abuse can occur in a child's home, or in the organizations, schools or communities the child interacts with. There are four major categories of child abuse: neglect, physical abuse, psychological or emotional abuse, and sexual abuse. Different jurisdictions have developed their own definitions of what constitutes child abuse for the purposes of removing a child from his/her family and/or prosecuting a criminal charge. According to the Journal of Child Abuse and Neglect, child abuse is "any recent act or failure to act on the part of a parent or caretaker which results in death, serious physical or emotional harm, sexual abuse or exploitation, an act or failure to act which presents an imminent risk of serious harm". However, Douglas J. Besharov, the first Director of the U.S. Center on Child Abuse and Neglect, states "the existing laws are often vague and overly broad" and there is a "lack of consensus among professionals and Child Protective Services personnel about what the terms abuse and neglect mean". Susan Orr, former head of the United States Children’s Bureau U.S. Department of Health and Services- Administration for Children and Families, 2001-2007, states that "much that is now defined as child abuse and neglect does not merit governmental interference".

U.S. National Library of Medicine

  1. Child Abuse

    Abuse of children in a family, institutional, or other setting. (APA, Thesaurus of Psychological Index Terms, 1994)


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of child abuse in Chaldean Numerology is: 6

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of child abuse in Pythagorean Numerology is: 3

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Tracie Afifi:

    The findings with child abuse were stronger and more robust.

  2. Tracie Afifi:

    We found almost half that enter the military in Canada had a history of child abuse.

  3. Simon Bailey:

    These figures are stark. They indicate the scale of child abuse police are dealing with.

  4. Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance:

    I am confident that the experienced homicide and child abuse prosecutors in my office will see that justice is served in this tragic case.

  5. Judge Mindy Glazer:

    Ma’am, you were arrested for burglary with an assault or battery, strong armed robbery with an aggravated battery and child abuse. I will appoint the public defender’s office for you.

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