Child abuse, covering physical, sexual and emotional abuse or neglect, is conservatively estimated to affect 13,8% of a Danish child cohort. Abuse is known to have negative consequences across the life-span. In childhood, neurobiological development and risk of injury are negatively affected. In adulthood, risks of ischemic heart disease, alcoholism, depression and suicide are increased. Aiming to improve preventive measures, this PhD attempts to increase knowledge on indicators of physical and sexual child reported to the police.
The project has three parts: