Is "spanking" with a belt child abuse?
It depends - did it leave marks? Was it hard? For example, hitting with a spoon usually would be considered abusive but only if it was done hard...hitting with a spoon could be a light tap in which case it most likely wouldn't be abusive.
I'm not talking about a spoon! How do you hit lightly with a belt?
If a parent is striking with a belt lightly - to make a point to the child (shame, for example) then child protective services may not find it abusive. Since you asked a 'yes' or 'no' question, I wanted to clarify that it wasn't that cut and dried in all cases. If it wasn't lightly - as I assume from your answer - and as it likely would not be - and left marks (bruising, welts, etc.) then it is highly likely that it would be found to be abusive.
If that is what would be favorable...i.e. you are not the striking party - then you may wish to contact the child's pediatrician. (They are mandatory abuse reporters so if they see the marks/welts they would have to report it. Reports are anonymous.)
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