Physical abuse is the act of causing physical pain and bodily harm to another person. If the abuse is serious, the injuries may result in permanent disability or death. The victim may also experience emotional and psychological effects such as depression, trauma, anxiety, fear, shame and difficulty in trusting others.
Examples include hitting, pushing, punching, slapping, kicking or causing burns. Physical violence also includes the use of physical force to restrain, punish or force-feed someone, resulting in bodily injury or impairment.
Physical signs of abuse may not be obvious as victims may be intimidated to stay silent or feel ashamed to talk about the abuse. Victims may also cover visible injuries with clothing.
Visible signs may include: