Physical abuse

Physical abuse is a non-accidental act which results in physical pain or injury, and which may include physical coercion and physical restraint. Signs of physical abuse may include: 

  • bruises; 
  • welts or rashes; 
  • lacerations and abrasions; 
  • broken or healing bones; 
  • cringing or acting fearful; 
  • drowsiness; 
  • noticeable decline in physical wellbeing; 
  • conflicting stories between residents, staff or family members about the cause of injuries; 
  • unexplained accidents or injuries; 
  • unexplained hair loss; 
  • agitation; 
  • burns; 
  • weight loss; 
  • facial swelling or missing teeth; and
  • pain or restricted movement.

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