Provides definitions of physical abuse and information to help you identify the signs and symptoms.
Child Physical Abuse Fact Sheet (PDF - 542 KB)
National Child Traumatic Stress Network (2009)
Describes physical abuse and its signs, characteristics of children who are physically abused, and consequences for families. The factsheet also addresses how to report suspected abuse and how to support children who disclose abuse.
Diagnostic Imaging of Child Abuse
American Academy of Pediatrics, Section on Radiology
Pediatrics, 123(5), 2009
Discusses the role of diagnostic imaging in cases of child abuse to determine the extent of physical injury when abuse is present and to identify findings that point to alternative diagnoses.
Evaluation of Suspected Child Physical Abuse
Pediatrics, 119(6), 2007
Provides guidance for pediatricians in evaluating suspected physical abuse. Specific signs of abuse are described, along with assessment, diagnosis, documentation, treatment, and legal issues.
Physical Abuse and Neglect: A Training Curriculum
Giardino, Alexander, & Hudson (2008)
Teaches the socioeconomic and family factors associated with physical abuse, the signs of abuse, and how to medically evaluate and treat the abuse. A companion CD-ROM contains clinical photographs of common injuries and forms of abuse and neglect.
Physical Abuse and Neglect of Children
Dubowitz & Bennett
Lancet, 369(9576), 2007
Discusses the physician's role in screening for risk factors and suspicious injuries that may indicate abuse or neglect.
Predicting and Responding to Physical Abuse in Young Children Using NCANDS
Palusci, Smith, & Paneth
Children and Youth Services Review, 27(6), 2005
Examines State and national data to identify factors present at first incident of physical abuse in order to predict future abuse.