Four types of child abuse: physical, neglect, emotional and sexual.
I. PHYSICAL ABUSE includes, but is not limited to, assault, shaking, slapping, burning, kicking, or strangling that is not the result of accident.
II. NEGLECT is maltreatment and/or negligence that damages a child’s health or safety. Abandonment, lack of supervision (A child must be 10 or older to stay home alone; 12 to “baby-sit” another child.), health hazards at home, failure to seek needed medical treatment for the child, and refusing or ignoring a child’s need for affection, stimulation, and nurture are included. Failure to provide for a child’s education is also considered neglect.
III. EMOTIONAL ABUSE causes psychological injuries by inflicting verbal and emotional cruelties on a child. These cruelties may include confinement, extreme discipline, lack of nurture, and permitting drug and alcohol abuse in the home.
IV. SEXUAL ABUSE involves any sexual contact, inappropriate kissing and touching, exposure to pornographic/sexually explicit materials, and verbal stimulation.