discipline vs abuse

Hitting Children: When Discipline Becomes Abuse

January 6, 2016

Texas has very clear and strict laws regarding child abuse of any kind. These laws state that it is a serious crime to cause serious mental or physical harm to be caused to a child by a parent or guardian. However, many parents still choose to use physical forms of discipline, including corporal punishment. Where is the line between discipline and child abuse?

Although child abuse laws are clear, the way that these laws are applied on a case by case basis can be influenced by the facts of a particular case. Understanding more about the application of the law can make the distinction between abuse and discipline more clear.