Physical Abuse

Physical injuries can occur where there is no satisfactory explanation, definite knowledge, or a reasonable suspicion that injury was inflicted with intent, caused through lack of care by the person having custody, charge or care of that person.

The following list may be indicators of many different problems, it is important not to jump to the wrong conclusion too quickly, some of the indicators could be as follows:

  • History of unexplained falls
  • Unexplained bruising - in well protected areas or soft parts of the body
  • Bruising in different stages of healing
  • Unexplained burns - unusual location / type
  • Unexplained fractures to any part of the body
  • Unexplained lacerations or abrasions
  • Slap, kick, punch or finger marks
  • Injury shape similar to an object
  • Untreated medical problems
  • Weight loss due to malnutrition or dehydration
There were 528 referrals for physical abuse in Hull last year

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