Abuse: Signs of Abuse-Related Injuries

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Abuse: Signs of Abuse-Related Injuries

Topic Overview

Most injuries are not caused by abuse. But bruises are often the first sign of possible abuse. Suspect physical abuse of a child or vulnerable adult when:

  • Any injury cannot be explained or does not match the explanation.
  • Repeated injuries occur.
  • Explanations change for how the injury happened.

You may be able to prevent further injuries by reporting abuse. Seek help if:

Credits

Current as of: February 26, 2020

Author: Healthwise Staff

Medical Review:

William H. Blahd Jr. MD, FACEP - Emergency Medicine

Adam Husney MD - Family Medicine

Kathleen Romito MD - Family Medicine

H. Michael O'Connor MD - Emergency Medicine

Martin J. Gabica MD - Family Medicine