It is the mistreatment or neglect of a child by parent(s) or other caretaker(s) resulting in injury or harm. Abuse of a child can be physical, sexual or emotional.
Neglect is typically defined in two ways:
- Emotional neglect is when the child is suffering severe negative emotional effects due to a parent’s failure to provide opportunities for normal experiences that produce feelings of being loved, wanted, secure, and worthy
- Physical neglect is when a parent fails to provide basic needs or a safe and sanitary living environment for the child
Under Wisconsin Law, child abuse is a crime.