Signs of Possible Physical Abuse

Signs of Possible Physical Abuse

  • unexplained bruises in various stages of healing (bruises will be different colors)
  • self-destructive behavior
  • welts, human bite marks, bald spots
  • unexplained burns, especially cigarette burns or glove-like burns
  • unexplained fractures, abrasions, or other injuries
  • nervous, hyperactive, aggressive, disruptive, and destructive behaviors
  • unusually wary of physical contact
  • unduly frightened of parent or caretaker
  • expresses little or no emotion when hurt
  • unduly shy, withdrawn, and passive