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Physical Abuse

Any use of physical force that results in injury, pain, or any sort of impairment constitutes physical abuse. It includes striking, pushing, and shoving, shaking, kicking, punching, and slapping. Some abusers will strike the victim with an object. Others will inflict burns on the victim. Force-feeding or with-holding food, administering inappropriate drugs, and applying physical restraints all come under the heading of abuse. There will often be visible signs of physical abuse, such as bruises, swellings, burn marks, scratches, or broken bones. Not infrequently, these injuries will be attributed to carelessness (a fall, standing too close to the stove).

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