Regrettably, in family law instances of child abuse are ever-present. The Mississippi Department of Human services, along with law enforcement and the Courts are tasked with dealing with these critical circumstances.
The following are instances and indicators of abuse.
Emotional/Verbal Abuse is anything said or done that is hurtful or threatening to a child and is the most difficult form of maltreatment to identify:
- Name calling; “You’re stupid.”
- Belittling; “I wish you were never born.”
- Destroying child’s possessions or harming pets.
- Threatens to harm child or people they care about; “I’m going to choke you,” or “I’ll hurt your sister.”
- Locking a child in a closet or box.
- Rejecting a child.
- Isolating a child.
Sexual Abuse is any inappropriate touching by a friend, family member, anyone having on-going contact and/or a stranger, such as:
- Touching a child’s genital area.
- Any type of penetration of a child.
- Allowing a child to view or participate in pornography.
- Prostitution, selling your child for money, drugs, etc.
- Forcing a child to perform oral sex acts.
- Masturbating in front of a child.
- Having sex in front of a child.
- Touching a Child’s genital area.
Physical Abuse is any type of contact that results in bodily harm such as bruising, abrasions, broken bones, internal injuries, burning, missing teeth and skeletal injuries:
- Hitting or slapping a child with an extension cord, hands, belts, fists, broom handles, brushes, etc.
- Putting child into hot water.
- Cutting the child with a knife or any other sharp object.
- Shaking or twisting arms or legs, yanking a child by the arm.
- Putting tape over a child’s mouth.
- Tying a child up with rope or cord.
- Throwing a child across a room or down the stairs.
Neglect means not meeting the basic needs of the child and is the most common form of maltreatment.
- Medical – not giving a child life-sustaining medicines, over medicating, not obtaining special treatment devices deemed necessary by a physician.
- Supervision – leaving child/children unattended and leaving child/children in the care of other children too young to protect them (depending upon the maturity of the child).
- Clothing and good hygiene – dressing children inadequately for weather, persistent skin disorders resulting from improper hygiene.
- Nutrition – lack of sufficient quantity or quality of food, letting a child consistently complain of hunger and allowing the child to rummage for food.
- Shelter – having structurally unsafe housing, inadequate heating, and unsanitary housing conditions.
Reports can also be made online at https://www.msabusehotline.mdhs.ms.gov
Division of Family & Children’s Services
800-345-6347 | 601-359-4999
Matthew Thompson is a Child Custody Attorney in Mississippi.
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