Family Law Blog

Tag: assault

  • Abuse – the broader definition
    Posted by on 25 Jul 2011
    I recently read a travel article about an Asian country where it is considered very offensive to ruffle a child’s hair in public, however it was perfectly normal to grab a young child’s private parts in a show of affection. In Australia seeing this action would most likely spring one word to mind – abuse. Now, take five seconds to ask yourself, what you would consider to be child abuse? I would say chances are you mentioned the words physical, sexual and assault in your definition. If those were the only words featuring in your definition, then consider yourself on par with the legislative minds of yesteryear.