The growing concerns for child abuse arrest the conscious attention of the government as well as of relevant legal authorities, which further result in law and policy responses to the issue. The legal perspective of child abuse is also discussed precisely in the paper. But before going into any further details, it is significant that we develop a clear conception of what child abuse is all about. Talking of a broader context, child abuse can be defined as mistreatment to children. However, a difficulty arises with the grave realization that one single definition cannot serve all purposes of the subject. This can be termed as the definitional complexity of child abuse. But the multifarious dimensions of child abuse can be encompassed in a broader context that addresses the different agenda of the term. For instance, we can talk about the major forms of child abuse in the context of family or a larger social community such as the school. The definitional conditions will be different for each context. In the context of a society, there are various cultural factors and conditions beyond the control of families such as poverty, inaccessible healthcare, unavailableeducation, and so on. The definition of child abuse also requires the investigation of more specific variables including what causes child abuse and what are the major forms or components of child abuse.education, and so on. The definition of child abuse also requires the investigation of more specific variables including what causes child abuse and what are the major forms or components of child abuse. Again, the legal perspectives of child abuse are different from the general definitions. Societies and nations show differences in implementing laws and policies advocating child rights and responsibilities of parents and caregivers towards children. All these factors are important variables to study in order to conceptualize the notion of child abuse. In a general context, we can define the term ‘child abuse’ as a psycho-social condition created and developed by all forms of physical or emotional ill-treatment, neglect, and commercial, sexual or other exploitation of children. In order to understand child abuse and its conditions, it is relevant to consider and investigate what actually causes child abuse and what are the types of child abuse evident in society.
The Causes and Effects of Child Abuse