Determining Child Abuse and Neglect Across Cultures
Bridging Refugee Youth and Children's Services (BRYCS)
Washington, DC: United States Conference of Catholic Bishops/Migration and Refugee Services (USCCB/MRS)
2005 April, 4 pages
Although child abuse and neglect exist to some degree in all cultures and societies, the ways in which abuse and neglect are defined are culturally influenced and can differ in important ways. This Spotlight article provides information on child abuse and neglect according to U.S. law - what it is, who are considered mandated reporters, and how reporting should occur - and also addresses the complexity of assessing child abuse and neglect in refugee families.