Detect abuse by observing someone's arm
- Observe arm behavior closely.
When you suspect that a child may be a victim of abuse, closely observe their arm behavior. Pay careful attention to how they use their arms and look for any changes in their arm movements, especially when they are around their parents or other adults. Be vigilant for signs of arm restriction or discomfort that may indicate possible abuse.
- Distinguish between bruises from abuse and those from accidents.
Educate yourself on the distinguishing characteristics of bruises caused by abuse and those resulting from accidental injuries. Abuse-related bruises often appear in specific locations and may have distinct patterns compared to bruises caused by falls or bumps. By understanding these differences, you can better assess whether a child's bruises may be indicative of abuse.
- Promptly report any suspicions of abuse to the appropriate authorities. If you observe signs of abuse or suspect that a child is being mistreated, report it immediately to the relevant authorities.
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