“Globally, nearly 3 in 4 – or 300 million – children aged 2 to 4 years old regularly suffer physical punishment and/or psychological violence at the hands of parents and caregivers.” – WHO
Child maltreatment is the abuse and neglect that occurs to children under 18 years of age. It includes all types of physical and/or emotional maltreatment, sexual abuse, neglect, and commercial or other exploitation. This abuse or neglect results in actual or potential harm to the child’s health, survival, development, or dignity.
Forensic nurses meet the critical healthcare needs of victims of violence through a patient-centered, trauma-informed approach. They play a vital role in reducing the health impacts of child maltreatment.