Child abuse is one of the increasing worst cases in the world today. Though it is hugely not acceptable, it is becoming one of the saddest realities in life. The government may somehow stay out of our personal relationships, however, when it comes to child abuse and domestic violence, it is a different story because there can be more serious legal penalties. That is why, it is very important to know what type of conduct or characteristics shall be deemed abusive and against the law, and the possible equivalent legal consequences for those accused may encounter.
It is mandatory that in every state, it is already an act of crime if a guardian, relative or even a parent intentionally or cruelly injure and harm a child. Whether the injury inflicted may be physical, psychological, or both physical and psychological, those are still accustomed for probation and investigation by the higher authorities. For some minor cases, new parents in particular, reason out that it is just because of overzealous discipline. Therefore, a court may simply order an abusive parent or guardian to a complete parenting training or assistance where he can learn the do’s and don’ts of disciplining a child. In worse cases, the state may take away the child from the parent’s home, restrain the parent from seeing the child and place him or her into foster care or with a trustworthy relative. This set-up may be temporary or permanent depending on the assessment of the situation. If it appears that the abuse incident is extremely fatal, complete termination of parental rights is possible in that particular case.
It is largely implied that each state has different set of procedures on how to report child abuse cases to law enforcement agencies or child protective departments. They also require other individuals that may be responsible for the abuse or other children who are also involved in the scenario. Information about child abuse are strongly passed to teachers, medical professionals and law enforcement personnel so that they will be oriented and will feel as much bigger responsibility to hand it down to students and younger children. There are also organizations who help in expanding this learning for the benefit of all citizens.
Breaking a law on child abuse is really a destructive and a complicated thing since you will likely to face a big penalty once you are proven guilty of the act. One who is charged with child abuse is subjected to both criminal and civil penalties, which it include imprisonment, fines, and registration as a sex offender if the abuse is done by sexual force, restrictions on probation and parole, injunctions, involuntary commitment to a mental institution, and loss of custody of the child.
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- DCF Receives Increased Grant Award For Child Abuse Prevention (wctv.tv)
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- Child Advocates San Antonio in need of CASA volunteers (kens5.com)