Week 3 408 Assignment Essay

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Patterns and Characteristics of the Abuser and the Abused Robert Tice
BSHS 408 Week 1
September 21, 2015 James Bell

Patterns and Characteristics of the Abuser and the Abused
Introduction
It is our role in identifying Child Abuse and Neglect. It is important for us to learn about this subject. Child abuse and neglect occurs in all socioeconomic families as well as in child care programs. It is more prevalent than you may think, and you may be the only person in a position to intervene. You have not only a moral obligation to intervene, but as we will discuss, you have a legal obligation to report it.

What are the patterns and characteristics you would look for during the screening of family members
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* Destroys your property or things that you care about. * Threatens to hurt you or the children or pets, or does cause hurt (by hitting, punching, slapping, kicking, or biting). * Uses or threatens to use a weapon against you. * Forces you to have sex against your will. * Blames you for his/her violent outbursts.
These are just some of the signs of active abusers and should be recognized as such. If these signs are blatantly visible and more than just one, then the person being discussed may very well have issues and be an abuser.
These characteristics of an abuser differ from the characteristics of the abused in the effect they are completely opposite of the characteristics of the abused causing the characteristics of the abused to be withdrawn, timid, easily emotional, and sometimes scared.

What are the patterns and characteristics you would look for while screening a potential abused or neglected child?
As you interact with someone with a developmental disability, you should pay close attention to any changes in how that person looks or acts. A sudden or gradual change in appearance or behavior can be an indicator that abuse or neglect has occurred (or may still be happening.)
Physical Signs of Abuse * Bruises (old and new, clustered on one part of body, or on both upper arms) * Burns * Cuts or scars * Marks left by a gag (or some form of restraint) * Imprint injuries (eg., marks shaped like

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