International Journal of Legal Medicine

, Volume 124, Issue 1, pp 49–54

Violence against children: further evidence suggesting a relationship between burns, scalds, and the additional injuries

  • Dragana Seifert
  • Julia Krohn
  • Mandi Larson
  • Andrea Lambe
  • Klaus Püschel
  • Henrike Kurth
Original Article

DOI: 10.1007/s00414-009-0347-6

Cite this article as:
Seifert, D., Krohn, J., Larson, M. et al. Int J Legal Med (2010) 124: 49. doi:10.1007/s00414-009-0347-6

Abstract

Up to 22 % of all child maltreatment cases involve non-accidental burns or scalds. In the time period of 2000 until 2007, 20 children with non-accidental burns and scalds in conjunction with other mechanisms of injury were examined at children’s hospitals in Hamburg and at the Institute of Legal Medicine, University Medical Center Hamburg-Eppendorf, by experts in forensic medicine. The fact that these children presented with additional injuries due to blunt and sharp force and sometimes had signs of neglect emphasize the urgent need for a multidisciplinary cooperation between pediatricians and forensic medical experts to ensure the early identification and prevention of child maltreatment. A new approach for Germany, enforcing mandatory child well-being examinations is discussed.

Keywords

Child maltreatmentNon-accidental burns or scaldsPreventionViolence against children

Copyright information

© Springer-Verlag 2009

Authors and Affiliations

  • Dragana Seifert
    • 1
  • Julia Krohn
    • 1
  • Mandi Larson
    • 1
  • Andrea Lambe
    • 1
  • Klaus Püschel
    • 1
  • Henrike Kurth
    • 1
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of Legal MedicineUniversity Medical Center Hamburg-EppendorfHamburgGermany
  2. 2.Department of PediatricsUniversity Medical Center Hamburg-EppendorfHamburgGermany