The harmful effects of child abuse and neglect depend on the circumstances surrounding the abuse (child’s age and development status when abuse occurred, the type of abuse, the frequency, duration, and severity of abuse, and the relationship between the victim and abuser) as well as the treatment and community options available after the abuse occurs.
Physical health consequences can include:
- Minor injuries (bruises of cuts)
- Major injuries (broken bones, brain injuries, death)
- Recurring health problems
- Impaired brain development
- Poor physical health
Psychological consequences can include:
- Immediate emotional effects (isolation, fear, inability to trust)
- Lifelong consequences (low self-esteem, depression, relationship difficulties)
- Depression and withdrawal (even in children as young as 3)
- Poor mental and emotional health
- Cognitive disabilities
- Social difficulties
Behavioral consequences can include:
- Difficulties during adolescence (delinquency, teen pregnancy, low academic achievement, drug use, mental health problems)
- Juvenile delinquency and adult criminality
- Alcohol and drug abuse
- Abusive behavior
Child abuse and neglect results in direct and indirect social costs including direct costs associated with the child welfare system and child abuse investigations and indirect costs associated with criminal activity, mental illness, substance abuse, and domestic violence. It is not only in the children’s’ best interest, but in society’s best interest to strengthen child abuse laws and regulations and support programs to prevent child abuse and neglect.
Your child getting hurt and suffering a serious injury is every parent’s worst fear. It is important to pay close attention to any injuries your child suffers or any changes in behavior in order to recognize signs that may indicate the possibility of abuse and neglect. Public awareness and prevention are some of the best tools in stopping child abuse and neglect. If your child has suffered injury, abuse, or in the worst situation, death, while in a day care home, day care center, group day care home, or any other child care arrangements, you may be entitled to compensation and the opportunity to hold the person responsible for the injury accountable.
Legal Help For Abused Kids
If your child was physically or sexually abused at a facility intended to care for him, we are interested in discussing your situation. Our law office has represented victims of childhood sexual abuse and may be able to help with your child obtaining counseling from an experienced professional.