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How to recognise abuse

By Sowetan | 2012-03-26 08:13:23.0 | COMMENTS [ 0 ]

PARENTS need to be more observant when it comes to their children. "Trust your suspicions if there are signs," says Dr Christine Scolari

Signs parent need to be aware of:

Signs of emotional abuse;

They are very eager to please others;

Changes in behaviour;

May see abuse as warranted and as their fault;

Can be closed off and unwilling to discuss difficulties;

Aggressive, depressed, apathetic and passive behaviour;

Runs away from home; attempts and thinks of suicide;

Chronically low self-esteem;

Difficulty sustaining relationships;

Has difficulty expressing or communicating needs;

Disturbed sleep, nightmares; and

Can be hyperactive and live in a dream world

Children need to know there are adults who will listen to them, believe them and shelter them.

Children need a sense of routine and normalcy. Violence in the home can turn a child's world upside down. Routines such as going to school and participating in recreational activities are vital for children's development and well-being and should be maintained.

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