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In German law, abuse is defined as “any nasty and inappropriate treatment of another person” or animal that “ more than negligibly affects their physical integrity or well-being”. However, abuse can also manifest itself in psychologically traumatizing behavior and accordingly trigger psychological trauma in the abused person.

According to German law, physical abuse is required in the case of offenses of bodily harm (Sections 223, 224, 226, 227 StGB ) or, alternatively, damage to health.

Special legal regulations exist in the sub-area of abuse of wards or child abuse .

See also


  • Urte Finger-Trescher: Abuse, neglect and sexual violence in upbringing. Psychoanalytic Pedagogy. Psychosozial-Verlag, Giessen 2000, ISBN 3-89806-008-X
  • Wolfgang Meurer: Problems of the maltreatment of those under protection (§ 223 b StGB). Dissertation, Cologne 1997
  • Wiebke Jaenecke: Sexual abuse and physical abuse in childhood. Influence of severity and common occurrence of both forms of abuse on later consequences. Dissertation at the University of Hamburg, Hamburg 2003, urn : nbn: de: gbv: 18-10036

Web links

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