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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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Failure to Thrive

What is “Failure to Thrive?” As a child ages, doctors use certain standards determine normal growth. These include height and weight categories the child should fall into depending on their age, ethnicity, and biological sex. While what is considered “normal” can definitely vary, a child’s lack of certain developmental conditions could be an indicator of […]

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The Impact of IPV

Intimate Partner Violence (IPV) can leave a lifetime impact on survivors, and it doesn’t only affect those who have been victimized directly. Children who have been exposed to the domestic abuse of a parent or sibling, for example, may still face enduring trauma as adults even if they were not maltreated themselves.  As illustrated within […]

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Sexual Violence on College Campuses

With school starting in the next few weeks, university students have a lot to think about: moving, schedules, the last-minute books and materials they need, and so on. Right now, both students and faculty are faced with even more stress than usual with classes are starting up in the middle of a pandemic. Unfortunately, COVID-19 […]

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Identifying and Responding to Human Trafficking

Thursday, July 30, is the World Day against Trafficking in Persons. According to the United Nations, nearly every country is impacted by human trafficking in some capacity. Identification Human trafficking is a massive violation of human rights, with an estimated 14,500 to 17,500 victims in the United States alone. It’s a crime that relies heavily […]

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“Branding” in Abusive Relationships

One of the most defining components of intimate partner violence (IPV) is control, which strongly affects how an abusive relationship operates. As explained in STM Learning’s publication Intimate Partner Violence, perpetrators of abuse will often go to great lengths to maintain control over their victims. Branding and Control One method that some abusers may use […]

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Substance Abuse & Intimate Partner Violence

In cases of domestic violence, substance abuse can have devastating effects. Several traits that go hand-in-hand with substance abusers are likewise associated with perpetrators of violence, such as loss of control, preoccupation, and obsession. Both domestic abuse victims and substance abusers have a greater tendency to tolerate adverse consequences for small but addictive rewards, such […]

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Defining Medical Neglect in Children

Medical neglect is defined as a parent or guardian’s failure to provide adequate medical care for their child. The term encompasses failure to recognize obvious signs of physical injury, medical illness, or mental health; a delay in seeking medical assistance for an acute illness; ignoring medical recommendations by a physician; and bringing the neglected child […]

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