Child abuse is repeated mistreatment or neglect of a child by parent(s) or other guardian resulting in injury or harm.
Under California Law, child abuse is a crime. Children need protection because they are vulnerable and often unable to speak for themselves. The California Child Abuse Reporting Law, along with other state laws, provides the legal basis for action to protect children and allow intervention by public agencies if a child is maltreated.
Physical: Shaking, beating, or burning; failure to provide necessities of life such as adequate food, clothing, shelter or medical care; a child being subjected to willful cruelty or unjustifiable punishment.
Emotional: Excessive yelling, belittling or name-calling. Exposure to ongoing domestic violence between parents or caregivers.
Sexual: Incest, rape and any other sexual act on a child.
Sexual Exploitation: Treatment of a child as a sexual object; Involvement in pornography or solicitation for sexual acts in exchange for benefits (i.e. money, clothing, other goods).
Neglect: Failure to provide necessities of life such as adequate food, clothing, shelter or medical/mental health care; unsanitary or hazardous living environment; failure to provide appropriate supervision.
Caretaker absence/incapacity: The inability or unwillingness of a parent or caregiver to provide ongoing care.