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
Finger, Hand, and Wrist Injuries
Knee Problems and Injuries
Shoulder Problems and Injuries
Toe, Foot, and Ankle Injuries