Domestic Violence: Child Abuse and Elder Abuse Harvard Case Solution & Analysis

Domestic Violence: Child Abuse and Elder Abuse

The case study regarding child abuse centers on a complaint made by the nine-year-old victim´s teachers when she saw a bright red mark on the child´s face (Cage, 2010). When the teacher asked the boy about how he got that mark, he replied that he fell off a bicycle. However, that mark, resembled a hand print, and the child who was usually very talkative at this occasion was withdrawn and quiet. When further questioned about the mark, the child became even more withdrawn and scared to talk about this.

This was a red flag and prompted the teacher to call the helpline. The teacher who filed the report was interviewed to note down her initial observation and first-hand experience with the child. A background check is done, whether there have been any previous similar cases recorded concerned with the child. Then after gaining experience from the principle an interview room is sought to talk with the child. A typical hitting physical abuse case gives birth to certain theories such as that the child indeed may have fallen, the injury was a result of a sibling fight or with a friend, and the injury could have been deliberately inflicted upon themselves or the worst case when the injury is truly as per the complaint.

During the interview with the child, the alleged injury is to be examined and as the complaint reported it to be a handprint; its similarity with it is to be determined. Photographs of the injury occurred were taken, and the child was asked open-ended questions to draw them out; their body language and verbal response were gauged to note down.  The alleged suspect was interviewed with an element of surprise, and they were given the opportunity to explain their part and defend themselves.

When the suspect denied inflicting the injury, then, the collected evidence could be given to them. The complaint was proven to be true, and the counseling proved to be the next best course of action which was the result of the complaint admitting them slapping the child in a fit of anger.

The effect on the child would be prolonged trauma that would ultimately affect the performance of the child at school and extracurricular activities. There are even possibilities that the child might react in the same manner when he becomes a dad, and his son imitates the same attribute and so on. The whole traumatic experience would also affect his mental health with feelings of resentment and frustration would mount up in him to make his social skills either too wild or incline him on the introvert side.

The credibility of this case study is fairly strong, however it does lack certain specific details which help understand the whole context of why the offender did such an act and what prompts them to take such actions in the heat of the moment. However, what gives credibility to the case is that it gives a detailed account of what the follow-up was and what are the procedures in a typical physical abuse case and the possible theories that come up.

The second case analyzes the elder abuse and in the first about an older man who was partially paralyzed from a stroke. (Elder abuse: case studies, 2006). The responsibility of taking his care had been taken by his wife and a career that came in three times a day to clean him up and administer the medicine. The abuse occurred from the wife’s side when one day the elder asked her to assist him to the bathroom upon which the wife who had over time become increasingly aggressive towards him- pushed him down on the toilet.

Then helped him up as he fell and slapped him across the face, the victim called the Elder Abuse Helpline instead of the social services who advised him to arrange a schedule that would give the wife more free time as she felt resentful of being chained to him. In another case the psychological abuse is apparent with the son locking his elderly mother up in her apartment. The son who was the primary caregiver, but also worked full time wouldn’t allow her to have any contact with outsiders and kept her caged within her apartment.........................

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