Child Abuse - Treatment

What kinds of treatment, including counseling, did you or someone you know receive to deal with being abused as a child?

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How is child abuse treated?

Steps which are often taken to correct child abuse are as follows:

  • The safety of the abused child and any other potential victim of abuse in the household is paramount. Removal of the victim and placement in protective custody in a group home or foster care is often necessary.

  • Effective counseling for the child, family, and the abuser is essential to deal with the associated emotional and psychological stress and trauma.

  • In the event of neglect, establishing realistic expectations of the child's needs and capabilities is required.

  • Parental high-risk behaviors such as substance/alcohol abuse must be addressed.

  • Law-enforcement evaluation is performed, followed by the filing of charges, court appearance, and (if found guilty) sentencing as indicated.

  • Pedophiles (people who have sexually abused children) often require intense psychological and pharmacological therapy prior to release into the community because of the high rate of repeat offenders.
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