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Recognizing When a Child's Injury or Illness Is Caused by Abuse
(NCJ 243908) July 2014
OJJDP Portable Guides to Investigating Child Abuse, Portable Guide, 28 page(s)
Provides information about the many indicators of child maltreatment and abuse to help first responders and investigators differentiate between physical abuse and accidental injury. Advancements in medicine have helped further distinguish between accidental and abusive injuries. This fourth edition of the guide reflects the most current literature on how to distinguish between types of injuries and includes the questions that investigating officers must ask. An injury by itself does not indicate abuse. The history of how the injury occurred is vital when determining if abuse occurred. A comprehensive assessment by a team of knowledgeable professionals is the best approach to reaching an accurate conclusion.