Crisis Intervention for Victims of Physical Child Abuse

Discusses strategies to for recognizing, responding and resolving crises resulting from physical child abuse.

This paper looks at many of the issues associated with crisis intervention for victims of child abuse. The paper considers some of the reasons that intervention may be hampered, how having a repertoire of strategies for working with children of child abuse and networking with resources for abused children can greatly increase the likelihood of successful and positive crisis resolution. There is extensive use of graphs, charts statistics and quotes from the field.
“Violence against children is not a new phenomenon. In ancient times, infants had no rights and children were considered the property of the father, to do with whatever he wished (Bensel, Rheinberger, & Radbill, 1997). Diodorus Siculus, a Greek historian from late in the first century B.C.E. reported that it was customary to put children who were weak or infirm to death for fear that they would weaken society (Bensel et al.). Although the practice of infanticide became less acceptable in the Middle Ages it is clear that physical abuse was still commonplace (Bensel et al.). A law from the Middle Ages reads, “If one beats a child until it bleeds, then it will remember” but if one beats it to death, the law applies.” (Bensel et al., pp 9). It was not until the sixteenth century that scholars began to argue for non-violent means of raising children (Bensel et al.). However, this did not cease cruelty to children nor were children offered any legal protection. ”
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