The most common type of child abuse is considered to be ‘neglect’. The type of abuse which harms a person’s body is known as physical abuse. It may include things like hitting, kicking, punching, pulling hair, slapping, burning and in some cases poisoning. Emotional abuse takes place when a child’s feelings or self-esteem are hurt. This may include things like using cruel words, locking the child in a dark close etc. According to some experts, this is the most destructive form of abuse.