What is Child Abuse and Neglect?
Publication Year: 2006
This fact sheet explains how child maltreatment is defined in federal and state laws. Distinctions between the federal Child Abuse Prevention and Treatment Act and state civil and criminal statutes are highlighted. Operational definitions of physical abuse, child neglect, sexual abuse, and emotional abuse also are included.
This publication is available only on the Internet.
Child Welfare Information Gateway, ACYF, ACF, HHS
Children's Bureau/ACYF, 1250 Maryland Avenue, SW, Eighth Floor
Washington DC 20024
Phone: (703) 225-2331 EN/SP
Toll-free Phone: (800) 394-3366 EN/SP
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