Topic Overview

Most injuries are not caused by abuse. But bruises are often the
first sign of possible abuse. Suspect physical
abuse of a child or
vulnerable adult when:

  • Any injury cannot be explained or does not match
    the explanation.
  • Repeated injuries occur.
  • Explanations
    change for how the injury happened.

You may be able to prevent further injuries by reporting abuse. Seek
help if:


ByHealthwise Staff
Primary Medical Reviewer William H. Blahd, Jr., MD, FACEP – Emergency Medicine
Adam Husney, MD – Family Medicine
Kathleen Romito, MD – Family Medicine
Specialist Medical Reviewer H. Michael O’Connor, MD – Emergency Medicine
Martin J. Gabica, MD – Family Medicine

Current as ofMarch 20, 2017