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Physical Abuse

What is it?

Deliberately hurting an adult, causing injuries such as bruises, broken bones, burns or cuts, or otherwise causing harm.  It could also be when a carer fabricates the symptoms of, or deliberately induces illness, or misuses medication.

Types of Physical Abuse

  • Assault, hitting, slapping, punching, kicking, hair-pulling, biting, pushing
  • Rough handling
  • Scalding and burning
  • Physical punishments
  • Inappropriate or unlawful use of restraint
  • Making someone purposefully uncomfortable (e.g. opening a window and removing blankets)
  • Involuntary isolation or confinement
  • Misuse of medication (e.g. over-sedation)
  • Forcible feeding or withholding food
  • Unauthorised restraint, restricting movement (e.g. tying someone to a chair)

Possible signs

  • Multiple bruising
  • Fractures
  • Injuries in places not normally exposed to falls or rough games
  • Burns
  • Bed sores
  • Fear
  • Depression
  • Unexplained weight loss
  • Assault (can be intentional or reckless)
  • Failure to seek medical treatment, or a pattern of visiting different hospitals or doctors over a short period of time.