So my Niece Sally and Grandniece Jay is living with me. (not their real names) A few months ago we notice Jay to be afraid of her father Craig. He used to live with us but had anger problems, just childish things he would over react to. Well he moved out some time ago. When ever my Grandniece visits her dad, she comes home scared of loud noises such as the TV, she runs and hides. She is about 2 years old. She is never seen happy with him, she could be at a water park and not a smile on her, its more of a confused look, like she is expecting him to get mad, she doesn't understand what anger is yet, why it happens or anything like that. Just that it happens with Craig. I don't think he is beating her but he brag once about smacking her butt for not listening to him, that was when she was about a year old. She knows the words no, but the action of stopping what she is doing wasn't known to her. So I don't know, is that abuse? the judge didn't seem to think so when my Niece tried to get a restraining order for him to stop seeing her. He now has supervised visiting rights, Craig is allowed to see Jay but can not be alone with her. Craig moved back in with his mother and I suspect his mother allows him to be alone with his daughter, I do know his mother works a lot. It's like sending her to jail every time he comes to pick her up, she doesn't want to go. She loves other people in her life, she smiles and waits for her grandfather to pick her up when it's his turn to see her.