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Child Abuse and Neglect: Part 1 - Redefining the Issues

Trends & issues in crime and criminal justice no. 146

Marianne James
ISBN 0 642 24150 3 ISSN 0817-8542
Canberra: Australian Institute of Criminology, February 2000


The issues surrounding child abuse and neglect are complex, as is highlighted in this paper. James suggests that the quest for precise definitional parameters could be the key factors in hindering the advancement of the issues involved. She encourages the consideration of child abuse and neglect within the continuum of family violence and family dysfunction with a particular emphasis on focusing on the knowledge, skills, and parental responsibility in society. She discusses the incidence and prevalence of child abuse and stresses the importance of identification, intervention and prevention.