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NCJ Number: NCJ 162424     Find in a Library
Title: Burn Injuries in Child Abuse
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Corporate Author: Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention
US Dept of Justice
United States of America
Date Published: 1997
Page Count: 24
  Series: OJJDP Portable Guides to Investigating Child Abuse
  Annotation: This booklet contains information to assist in distinguishing between burns that were intentionally inflicted on a child and burns resulting from accidental contact with hot objects.
Abstract: Child abuse burn victims are almost always under the age of 10, with the majority under age two. Because many of the victims cannot speak for themselves, it is critical that individuals first responding to a call for assistance be able to immediately identify intentional burning. It is also important that responsible caretakers not be unjustly accused. Inflicted burns often leave characteristic patterns of injury that cannot be concealed. These patterns, along with the history of the burn incident, are primary indicators of inflicted rather then accidental burns. This booklet provides guidance on determining the veracity of a caretaker's report by recreating the incident and a burn evidence worksheet for use at the scene of an investigation. It also includes information on the distinctions between immersion and contact burns, skin conditions that may simulate abuse, and helpful investigative techniques.
Main Term(s): Juveniles
Index Term(s): Child Care (Childcare) Services ; Child abuse ; Crimes against children ; Victims of Crime ; Child welfare ; Child abuse detection ; Child abuse treatment ; Child victims ; Child burn victims
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Type: Citizen Involvement Material
Country: United States of America
Language: English
Note: OJJDP Portables Guides to Investing Child Abuse
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