More than three million children are the victims of various types of abuse each year. "The Encyclopedia of Child Abuse, Third Edition" is a comprehensive guide to the characteristics and causes of abuse, its impact on children, different types of abuse, aid and treatments for both the abused and the abuser, legal and social issues, and a great deal more. Now thoroughly revised and expanded, more than 400 entries explain all the key issues and topics related to child abuse. A lengthy, completely updated introduction explains the history of how children have been viewed and mistreated by society from ancient times to the present. Appendixes have been updated to provide current statistics and accurate information about helpful resources. Topics include: Abandonment, Bullying, Corporal punishment, Family violence, Infanticide, Kidnapping, Mental injury, Parent's rights, Runaways, and Trauma.