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    Abuse: Signs of Abuse-Related Injuries - Topic Overview

    Most injuries are not caused by abuse. But bruises are often the first sign of possible abuse. Suspect physical abuse of a child or vulnerable adult when:

    • Any injury cannot be explained or does not match the explanation.
    • Repeated injuries occur.
    • Explanations change for how the injury happened.

    You may be able to prevent further injuries by reporting abuse. Seek help if:

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    Last Updated: November 14, 2014
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