There can be a fine line between discipline and child abuse. While it is easy to get stressed out, it is a crime to abuse a child. If a parent or caregiver hits or shakes a child when he/she is angry it can result in serious injury, even death. Children will try your patience, but severely beating a child is not acceptable.
Children may be physically assaulted by an abuser in a violent home or, in some cases both adults abuse the children. There are horror stories on the news of children being tortured and killed by the people who are supposed to love them. Little innocent children who cannot protect themselves.
Anyone who witnesses child abuse should call law enforcement and/or the Department of Family and Children Services (DFCS). Many children are having to be removed from homes today due to drug abuse and babies are being born addicted to drugs. It’s hard to imagine what it is like to be born an addict and go through withdrawal.
Children are a gift from God and should be cherished. Yes, they should be disciplined, but not used as a punching bag by a violent person. Adults should be cautious about disciplining a child when they are angry and apt to lose control.
- Law Enforcement
- Department that investigates allegations of child abuse
- Domestic Violence Programs and Child Advocacy Centers may be contacted. All agencies are mandated reporters.