Abuse Versus Accident

Distinguishing Abuse From Accident

To report child abuse and neglect in Clermont County, call 732-STOP

The very nature of childhood invites accidents. Children are curious and fearless. They run, climb, jump, and explore. Children’s motor skills usually outpace their cognitive skills, allowing them to approach danger without recognizing it. How can you distinguish between the accidental injury caused by the exuberance of childhood from the non-accidental injury caused by the abuse of an adult?

If an injury is accidental, there should be a reasonable explanation of how it happened.

When observing injury you suspect might be the result of abuse, consider:

information provided by the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services