Child Abuse and the Courts: Finnish and Swedish Experiences

  • Marja Korpilahti


Until recently, child abuse has been regarded primarily as a medical problem (Kempe and Kempe, 1980). Also in Finland it was the physicians who first paid attention to the phenomenon (Tornudd, 1948). This has determined the main emphasis on cases of physical assault, which were at times presented in a sensationalist manner. As a result, people have found it easy to regard these cases as the results of the acts of pathological parents. The logical connection with corporal punishment has remained hidden.


Child Abuse Child Welfare Family Violence Corporal Punishment Penal Code 
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