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OJJDP Releases Law Enforcement Guide on Recognizing Child Abuse

July 28, 2014

Recognizing When a Child’s Injury or Illness is Caused by AbuseOJJDP has published the guide “Recognizing When a Child’s Injury or Illness Is Caused by Abuse.” The guide provides information to help law enforcement differentiate between physical abuse and accidental injury during a child abuse investigation. The guide also identifies questions that law enforcement should address during an investigation, describes how to conduct a caretaker assessment when a child is injured, and highlights ways to work with the medical community to distinguish types of injuries and bruises.

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Read other publications in OJJDP's Portable Guides To Investigating Child Abuse series.