Child Abuse

Child abuse and mental illness

Nicole M. King | 02 May 2014
Family structure has plenty to do with rates of abuse and mental illness.

Early Childhood experts say genes hold clues to child abuse

William West | 18 November 2012
Canadian experts say genetic research offers clues for reducing the impact of abuse on children.

Enslavement of children, right under our noses

Carolyn Moynihan | 02 February 2012
Human trafficking is on the rise and in the US, roughly half the victims are children. Where's the big campaign to stop this?

Ignoring child abuse is now a crime in NZ

Carolyn Moynihan | 21 September 2011
It seems incredible that any adult would stand by and let a little child be seriously abused, not just once or twice but regularly, yet it happens.

Is allowing too many Twinkies child abuse?

Mariette Ulrich | 01 August 2011
Should parents of morbidly obese children lose custody of their children? Yes, argue some medical experts. They recommend that in some extreme cases, foster care is the most ethical path to take.

Behind mothers who abuse, an absence of marriage

Carolyn Moynihan | 04 July 2011
Among the most distressing news stories are those featuring mothers suspected, accused or convicted of killing their children or of standing by while their infants were fatally abused.

Child abuse declines, even during recession

Carolyn Moynihan | 26 August 2010
Contrary to what might have been expected during an economic recession, child abuse declined in the United States in 2008 compared to 2007, official data shows.

Parents flout smacking ban

Carolyn Moynihan | 07 April 2010
Here is a little update on New Zealand’s anti-smacking law. Although it has been illegal since June 2007 to smack a child for the purpose of correction, a new poll shows that people are smacking their kids anyway and three out of four want the law changed.

Sorry, but we are still abusing children

Carolyn Moynihan | 24 November 2009
Australian Prime Minister Kevin Rudd’s apology to former orphans and child migrants who suffered a lack of love and care -- if not outright abuse -- highlights another chapter in the heartrending story of children treated as chattels by enlightened and progressive nations last century. Sadly, it is a story that is still being written.

Family Edge looks at news and trends affecting the family in the light of human dignity. Our focus is the inspiring, creative, humorous, annoying, ridiculous, and dangerous ideas in the evening news. Send tips and brainwaves to the editor, Tamara Rajakariar, at tamara.rajakariar@

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