Battering Behavior: One Phenomenon, Many Explanations

  • H. Zimrin
Part of the Medicolegal Library book series (MEDICOLEGAL, volume 1)

Abstract

Over the past few years, we have witnessed increasing awareness of the phenomenon of child abuse by parents. It is by no means a new phenomenon; there is evidence of its existence even in ancient times (Radbill 1968). Nowadays, in the light of changes in cultural norms and developments in our ability to diagnose cases of child-battering, awareness of the problem has increased and child abuse is recognized as a phenomenon demanding comprehension and treatment. In families where children are abused, they become objects of neglect or victims of physical and mental cruelty, rather than subjects of parental love and care. Such abuse is far from circumstantial when children suffer the consequences of their parents’ apathy or impulses.

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