Abuse can be…
Failure to provide basic needs for a child such as food and clothing. They need someone to watch out for them and be sure they are safe. They need to see a doctor when they are sick or hurt. Parents need to be sure that their children have the things they need to stay healthy and safe. Physical needs: love, attention, supervision, etc.
Causing a child to feel unloved by ignoring them or not giving daily love and support. Frequently yelling at them, blaming or threatening them is also emotional abuse as putting unreasonable demands on a child by not thinking about the child’s age and capabilities.
“Non-accidental” injuries, repeated injuries, injuries that are unusual for the child’s age, injuries that are hard to explain or injuries that are in an unusual location.
Any sexual contact between an adult and child.