Child abuse is the physical or psychological maltreatment of a child by an adult, often synonymous with the term child maltreatment or the term child abuse and neglect.
There are many forms of abuse and neglect, and many governments have developed their own legal definition of what constitutes child maltreatment for the purposes of removing a child and/or prosecuting a criminal charge.
People related to the topic: Child maltreatment
William Bernet, M.D.
Professor of Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences, Emeritus
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