Perspectives on Children as Victims of Abuse and Neglect

  • Peter C. Kratcoski
  • Lucille Dunn Kratcoski
  • Peter Christopher Kratcoski


The codes of all of the states have sections defining child abuse and neglect. All states require medical, social workers, police officers, and other professionals to report cases of suspected abuse or neglect. Any adult can report a suspected case of abuse. Investigations of abuse are conducted by the police and children service agencies. The police have the authority to take action and remove an endangered child from a home on an emergency temporary protection order. More than half of the reports on alleged abuse are not substantiated. The majority of substantiated cases are handled informally. In some of the more serious cases in which a parent or both parents are the abusers, the court will order that the child be removed from the home and placed in foster care or a shelter home. In some cases, the parents are tried on criminal charges, and in others the parents lose all rights to the custody and care of their children.


Abuse Neglect “At risk” Children “Endangered children” Sexually abused children Substantiated abuse Unsubstantiated abuse Protection order Formal hearings 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Peter C. Kratcoski
    • 1
  • Lucille Dunn Kratcoski
    • 2
  • Peter Christopher Kratcoski
    • 3
  1. 1.Sociology/Justice StudiesKent State UniversityTallmadgeUSA
  2. 2.TallmadgeUSA
  3. 3.Williams, Welser & Kratcoski LLCKentUSA

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