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
- Repeated injuries occur.
change for how the injury happened.
You may be able to prevent further injuries by reporting abuse. Seek
- You suspect child abuse or
elder abuse. Call your local child or adult protective
agency, police, or a health professional, such as a doctor, nurse, or
- You or someone you know is a victim of
intimate partner violence (IPV).
- You have
trouble controlling your anger with a child or other person in your care.
Resources are available for help.
- Bruises and Blood Spots Under the Skin
- Burns and Electric Shock
- Elbow Injuries
- Finger, Hand, and Wrist Injuries
- Knee Problems and Injuries
- Leg Injuries
- Shoulder Problems and Injuries
- Toe, Foot, and Ankle Injuries