Child abuse and neglect is a very real problem in Australia. No official statistics or reports show the true extent of the problem, because many cases of abuse or neglect go unreported. The four categories of child abuse are listed below. They include physical abuse, emotional abuse, neglect, and sexual abuse. Many of our services focus on the prevention and detection of sexual abuse however we also provide broader training and education that covers all forms of abuse and neglect including exposure to domestic violence.
Any act by a person having the care of a child that results in the child suffering any kind of significant emotional deprivation or trauma. Children affected by exposure to family violence are also included in this category.
Any serious act or omission by a person having the care of a child that, within the bounds of cultural tradition, constitutes a failure to provide conditions that are essential for the healthy physical and emotional development of a child.
Any non-accidental physical act inflicted upon a child by a person having the care of a child.
Any act by a person having the care of a child that exposes the child to, or involves the child in, sexual processes beyond his or her understanding, or contrary to accepted community standards.Close
Source: AIHW (2019), pp. 82, 86, 87, 89