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The Risk of Weapons in Domestic Violence Scenarios

On average, more than 10 million people in the United States experience some form of intimate partner violence (IPV) each year.1 IPV, also commonly referred to as domestic violence, is defined as the physical, sexual, or psychological abuse perpetrated by a current or former intimate partner or spouse. This term can also encompass the stalking […]

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Understanding Child Sexual Exploitation

Introducing Exploitation Simply put, exploitation is the unfair use of something or someone for one’s own advantage or benefit. Worldwide, there are 40+ million victims of all ages—and from a variety of backgrounds—who experience exploitation in some form. One in 4 victims of exploitation are children. In these cases, the term child exploitation is used […]

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Evidence Collection in Sexual Assault Cases

Roughly every 73 seconds, someone is sexually assaulted in the United States. While some of these victims may choose not to disclose their assault, those that report typically undergo a forensic examination, during which they are assessed for injuries and any evidence that could be used to identify the perpetrator.  In the aftermath of a […]

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Abuse Risks for Children with Disabilities

About 15% of the world’s population (measuring those aged 15 years or older) live with some form of disability. Around 95 million children under the age of 14 are estimated to have a disability.  Due to a number of factors, children with disabilities may be more vulnerable to maltreatment, including medical neglect and sexual violence. According […]

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Debunking Myths about Child Abuse

Stories of child abuse often appear in the news, each one as disturbing and heartbreaking as the next. Through these reports, along with the portrayal of abusive scenarios in other forms of media, many people may have certain assumptions regarding the circumstances in which abuse tends to occur.  However, these depictions of abuse are not […]

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Signs of Abuse for Mandated Reporters

Mandated reporters often interact with children at places like daycare, school, health care facilities, and activity centers, where their role is pivotal in protecting children from abuse. However, when mandated reporters are unable to distinguish which type of abuse is occurring – or whether the abuse is happening at all – taking the necessary and […]

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Identifying Psychological Abuse in Children

What is Psychological Abuse? In the context of child abuse, psychological abuse is a pattern of behavior that impairs a child’s emotional development or sense of self-worth. Also referred to as emotional abuse, this can include neglectful treatment and hostile behavior toward the child. This type of maltreatment can have a massive impact on children. […]

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The Epidemic of Elder Sexual Abuse

One form of maltreatment that is widely believed to be underreported is the sexual abuse of elderly adults. Elders who live in longtime care facilities are particularly vulnerable when their health conditions prevent them from being able to give consent or disclose their abuse. As discussed in STM Learning’s Medical Response to Adult Sexual Assault, […]

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Abusive Head Injuries

Head injuries can occur in children for a variety of reasons; they could be the result of an accident, like falling down the stairs, or they could be caused by medical ailments. In some cases of pediatric head trauma, however, abuse may be a factor. Defining Abusive Head Trauma The CDC considers abusive head trauma […]

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Preventing Youth Suicide

Thursday is World Suicide Prevention Day, held each year on September 10 to promote awareness of suicide and prevention methods. How many are affected? In 2018, suicide was the tenth leading cause of death overall in the United States. Among children and adolescents in particular, suicide is the second highest cause of death. Suicide rates […]

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