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Aboriginal - child abuse and neglect

abuse; neglect; sexual; physical; feelings; Aboriginal;

Child abuse and neglect hurts children and families.

Sexual abuse

  • Touching a child in a sexual way.
  • Having sex with a child.
  • Asking a child to touch you to do sexual things to you.

Emotional abuse (abuse of a child's feelings)

  • Shouting, swearing and screaming at a child often.
  • Family punching, kicking and bashing each other in front of children.
  • Treating children in changing ways - good then bad, friendly then unfriendly, caring then not caring. Children get scared and are not sure what to expect.

Physical abuse (abuse of a child's body)

  • Punching, kicking, shaking or throwing a baby or child.
  • Hitting with a stick or something hard.
  • Burning, strangling or stopping a child breathing.

Neglect - Pipirri Wantakatintja

(not caring or thinking about what a child needs)

  • Not giving a child good food or drinks.
  • Not watching them enough, not making sure they are safe.
  • Not caring for children when they are sick.
  • Not giving bush medicine or visiting the clinic/health centre.
  • Not spending time with a child.
  • Not helping them to go to school.

Neglect can happen in these ways in communities

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More to read

There is much more about child abuse and neglect in the topic Child abuse on this site.

Helplines and hotlines

In South Australia if you suspect a child is being abused, call the Child Abuse Report Line on 13 14 78. They will keep your details confidential.

Helplines and hotlines in Australia are listed on this page of the Raising Children Network site


The information in this topic is reproduced (Copyright) with permission, Waltja Tjutangku Palyapayi Aboriginal Corporation

The 'Pipirri Palya - kids are good' project was funded under the 'Child Abuse Prevention and Parenting Support Program, Family Relationships Branch' of the Commonwealth Department of Family and Community Services, Canberra.

This project was designed by Waltja Tjutangku Palyapayi Aboriginal Corporation located in Alice Springs and working across the Central Australian Remote Area Communities. Background images from Waltja's Walungurru's Mural Project.

Special Thanks
Waltja Tjutangku Palyapayi's Management Committee, Executive, Staff and Publications Unit, the remote area Communities of Central Australia and the project worker, Teresa Butler-Bowdon.

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The information on this site should not be used as an alternative to professional care. If you have a particular problem, see a doctor, or ring the Parent Helpline on 1300 364 100 (local call cost from anywhere in South Australia).

This topic may use 'he' and 'she' in turn - please change to suit your child's sex.

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