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What are the signs of child abuse?

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There are specific signs of child abuse that can lead to legal trouble, including losing your children through an action taken by the DYFS. If you are involved in a divorce or you have shared custody with the other parent and you suspect that your child or children are victims of abuse, it is vital to the safety of the children that action is taken to protect them from any future harm. Any child that has been harmed or is at risk of harm comes under the umbrella of the DYFS. There are a variety of indicators of child abuse. The indicators of abuse that a teacher, physician or others are required to be alert to include:

  • Bruising and welts found on the face, lips or mouth or other parts of the body. These injuries can be in various stages of healing.
  • Clusters of bruises or welts forming patterns
  • Bruising in the shape of a specific object, such as a belt buckle, electrical cord or other recognizable object
  • Bruising or welts that the child has consistently after an absence from school, a weekend or after vacation time
  • Unexplained burns, such as cigarette burns, burns from stoves or others
  • Rope burns on the child's body
  • Unexplained fractures on any part of the body, spiral fractures or multiple fractures
  • Unexplained lacerations and abrasions to any part of the child's body, including genitals
  • Aggressive or withdrawn behavior
  • Fear of parents or afraid to return home, or reports abuse from parent(s)

It is illegal to fail to report signs of abuse for teachers, doctors and all other individuals in the state. There are anonymous hotlines that allow individuals to call in suspected abuse. Unfortunately, this also opens the door to false accusations, and there are good parents that must engage in legal action to prove that they are not abusing their children, and in some cases, to get their children returned to them after they have been removed from the home.

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In a divorce action, if one parent has been abusive, it is very important that this matter is brought to the attention of the court. Action must be taken to keep children safe from harm. In any divorce in which child abuse or domestic abuse has been taking place, you need to have legal protection for yourself and your children immediately. As these situations rarely resolve and tend to escalate to more serious acts of violence, acting quickly can be crucial. Our firm can represent you in any matter involving child abuse, including in custody hearings, cases of removal of children that was a miscarriage of justice, and in arranging orders of protection for those who are the victims of abuse.

Contact a Florham Park child abuse lawyer from Law Offices of Francesca S. Blanco, LLC today.

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