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What is Child Abuse and Neglect?

Child abuse is defined by the Penal Code as "a physical injury inflicted by other than accidental means on a child by another person" (California Attorney General's Office, 2000)[1]. In addition to physical injuries, child abuse also includes general and severe neglect, sexual abuse, sexual assault, sexual exploitation, willful cruelty or unjustifiable punishment and emotional maltreatment (California Attorney General's Office, 2000)[1]

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[1] California Attorney General's Office. (2000). Child Abuse Prevention Handbook. Northern California, Allied Printing.