Issues in child abuse consistently become local, national, and even international news stories. Instances of physical or sexual abuse create a journalistic “shock factor” that attracts attention from the public, and therefore, readership.
But in doing this, are we ignoring those types of abuse that are actually the most harmful to children? Emotional abuse and neglect are prevalent in our society and have serious consequences on the healthy development of our kids.
On this episode of HJRC, we spoke with Dr. Anne Niec, a pediatrician and child/adolescent psychiatrist at McMaster University. She is the Director of the Child Advocacy and Assessment Program in Hamilton. She helps give us a better understanding of the different forms of child abuse, how we can recognize them, and what we can do to prevent incidences of abuse from occurring.