Child Abuse And Neglect: A Case Study

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Counseling Perpetrators of Child Abuse and Neglect
Child abuse/neglect and child maltreatment have been interchangeable used. According to Child Maltreatment (2013), child abuse and neglect is defined as “any act or failure to act on the part of a parent or caretaker which results in death, serious physical or emotional harm, sexual abuse or exploitation or an act or failure to act which presents an imminent risk of serious harm.” A perpetrator is someone who has committed a crime, hence a perpetrator of child abuse and neglect has committed the crime of child maltreat according to the above definition. There are several counseling techniques and model that are appropriate for this population. The statistical information provided serves to
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There are crucial statistical evidence concerning child abuse and neglect, it is important to note that theses statistics are those that were reported. There are many unreported cases in the world. In 2013, close to 679,000 children were victims of child abuse or neglect within fifty-two states (Child Maltreatment, 2013). Child abuse can range from physical abuse, psychological (emotional) abuse, sexual abuse, and neglect. Neglect had the greatest percentage of abuse, striking nearly eighty percent of the child abuse population (Child Maltreatment, 2013). Fatalities are the most disturbing effects of child abuse and neglect. According to Child Maltreatment, in 2013 fifty states reported nearly 1,500 fatalities due to child maltreatment (2013). Within this 1,500, seventy-three percent were under the age of three and nearly eighty percent of those fatalities were cause by either one of both parents (Child Maltreatment, 2013). As stated in North Carolina 's Children (2015), within the year of 2013, nearly 19,873 children were victims of child maltreatment. As within the fifty-two states, neglect had the highest percent in North Carolina. There were 29 deaths due to child abuse or neglect (North Carolina’s Children, …show more content…
For instance, perpetrators being a family member, may want to revive their relationship with the family member (victim). Reunification would be appropriate with this situation. This is a sensitive process of reuniting the two family member back together. This situation may cause for family therapy combined with individual therapy. Those perpetrators having no relationship with the victim may simply seek individual or group therapy. Group and Cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) are techniques that have substantial empirical support. Restorative processes are also effective for both parties of child abuse. Restorative Justice is “a theory of justice that emphasizes repairing the harm caused by criminal behavior” (Tutorial: Introduction to Restorative Justice, n.d.). This is a process that involves all parties. The goal of this process is to repair, encounter, and transform. Although this process is not in counseling textbooks, it has been used in various programs for offenders such as: victim-offender mediation, circles, conferencing and ex-offender assistance (Tutorial: Introduction to Restorative Justice, n.d.). As stated earlier, some of the perpetrator are victims themselves, therefore there may be other factors included such as: anger, depression, suicide ideation, hopelessness, guilt/shame, etc. These

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