How do you define physical abuse?

Physical abuse can be defined as “an injury or a pattern of injuries that is non-accidental.” It is often the most recognisable form of abuse, as visible physical indications may be evident.


Physical abuse can be as emotionally traumatising as it is physically traumatising. It is also usually accompanied by emotional abuse; the physical assaults being interspersed with verbal insults and unreasonable expectations.

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