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Intrafamilial Child Torture

Intrafamilial Child Torture (ICT) is a particularly severe form of child maltreatment with unique family dynamics and devastating outcomes for child victims. No separate diagnostic category exists for ICT. It is not widely recognized or understood by child maltreatment professionals, and there is little research data to help professionals fully understand it or know how to respond. We expect that ICT cases are often misdiagnosed or remain unidentified. We also contend that professional responses to other forms of child maltreatment may not be effective for ICT and may leave tortured children at extreme risk of serious harm. In this paper, we propose a working definition of ICT to raise professional awareness of the condition and to promote adoption of ICT as a distinct category of child maltreatment. In a separate document, we provide a case study of a survivor to demonstrate ICT’s severity, dynamics, and deleterious outcomes for child victims.

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Intrafamilial Child Torture:  Victim Impact and Professional Interventions 

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Case Studies: Treating Child Survivors of Intrafamilial Child Torture

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Intrafamilial Child Torture:  Making the Case for a Distinct Category of Child Maltreatment

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Case Study of Child Survivor of Intrafamilial Child Torture

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TAMMY SMATHERS, individually and on behalf of the ESTATE OF HARMONY BROOKLYN RAYNE CARSEY,
Plaintiffs-Appellants

vs.

RICK GLASS, Executive Director of Perry County Children's Services, et al.  
Defendants-Appellees

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TAMMY SMATHERS, individually and on behalf of the ESTATE OF HARMONY BROOKLYN RAYNE CARSEY, Plaintiff-Appellant

vs.


RICK GLASS, Executive Director of Perry County Children's Services, et al. Defendants-Appellees

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AMANDA BRANDT, Plaintiff-Appellant

vs.

ROY POMPA, Defendant-Appellee

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This 90 minute training provides an intermediate level introduction to an emerging category of child abuse - Intrafamilial Child Torture.

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Miller, P.J. (2020). Intrafamilial Child Torture: Training mandated reporters.  APSAC Advisor, 32(1), 3-8.

Are you an APSAC member?  View the full issue here then select "Advisor," and Issue 2020 Number 1.

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