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Delilah Purcell Family Violence Module 2 October 2, 2016 A preteen who thinks she knows what’s best and a parent at his wits end, what to do and who should intervene? So many questions arise when determining the answer to this question. Discipline is handled in so many homes differently and is often hard to distinguish if it is actual physical abuse. In the case with Jerri continually sneaking out and disobeying her parents the question lies as to whether Jimmie her stepfather physically abused her or was simply disciplining her. If I were the police I would not charge Jimmie with battery as I believe he was acting in the means of discipline. I personally would not myself use this form of discipline but I am not here to judge or correct the actions of this parent, rather I am to determine if the act was indeed physical abuse. Physical abuse is defined as the act in which a nonaccidental physical injury has occurred by a person who has care, custody or control of the child. 1 While determining if physical abuse has occurred you must distinguish if it was an intentional act that resulted in an injury. The mere act of yelling at a child, spanking a hand or a face aren’t within the meaning of abuse if physical injury hasn’t occurred. 2 In this case Jimmie attempted to slap Jerri in the face and she turned her head. It is a very gray line as to whether physical injury would have occurred if Jerri hadn’t moved her face. In my opinion the pulling of the earring was in fact an accident. Jimmie’s intent as written was not to harm her nor rip her earring out,he simply wanted to discipline her.
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  • Spring '17
  • Brian Moore
  • Physical abuse, Jerri

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