Reference and implication of child rights are relevant issues of governmental as well as non-governmental organisations. This further implies the significance of legal issues related to child abuse.
This paper addresses the issues of child abuse and its multi-dimensional perspectives requiring empirical investigation. In order to understand what child abuse is all about, it is important to know the definitional contexts associated with the term. The paper takes considerable account of the common causes of child abuse as well as the main components of the term. It also briefly discusses the history of child abuse especially since the 1970s till current time. The growing concerns for child abuse arrest the conscious attention of government as well as of relevant legal authorities, which further result in law and policy responses to the issue. The legal perspective of child abuse is also discussed precisely in the paper. But before going into any further details, it is significant that we develop a clear conception of what child abuse is all about.
Talking of a broader context, child abuse can be defined as mistreatment to children. However, difficulty arises with the grave realisation that one single definition cannot serve all purposes of the subject. This can be termed as the definitional complexity of child abuse. But the multifarious dimensions of child abuse can be encompassed in a broader context that addresses the different agenda of the term. For instance, we can talk about the major forms of child abuse in the context of family or a larger social community such as the school. The definitional conditions will be different for each context. In the context of a society, there are various cultural factors and conditions beyond the control of families such as poverty, inaccessible healthcare, unavailable