TYPES OF ABUSE > Physical Abuse

Physical abuse causes or is likely to cause pain or injury. Behaviors associated with physical abuse include hitting, slapping, kicking, pinching, biting, or the nontherapeutic use of drugs, restraints, and confinement.


  • Fractures, dislocations, burns
  • Broken eyeglasses, frames
  • Internal injuries
  • Signs of traumatic hair loss or tooth loss
  • Bilateral bruising to the arms
  • Bilateral bruising of the inner thighs
  • Wrap around bruises that may indicate physical restraints