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Burn Injuries in Child Abuse

Burn Injuries in Child Abuse published on

Authored by U.S. Department of Justice

Our most defenseless children are the most likely to be burned intentionally. Child abuse burn victims are almost always under the age of 10 with the majority under the age of 2. Immediate identification of intentional burn victims by those individuals first responding to the call for assistance is crucial because most of the victims are unable to speak for themselves. It is also important that responsible caretakers not be unjustly accused. In this guide you will find information that will assist you to distinguish intentional burns from accidental contact with hot objects. Burn Injuries in Child Abuse provides both guidance on determining the veracity of a caretaker’s report by re-creating the incident and a burn evidence worksheet for use at the scene of an investigation. Information regarding the distinctions between immersion and contact burns is also included. It is our hope that information in this guide will be of use to law enforcement as we all work to protect our children.

Publication Date:
Jan 20 2015
1507631197 / 9781507631195
Page Count:
Binding Type:
US Trade Paper
Trim Size:
6″ x 9″
Black and White
Related Categories:
Law / Child Advocacy


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