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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 in Children

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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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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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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All Abusers are Not Equal

IPV Research Reveals that Nonfatal Strangulation is an Indicator of Deadly Abuse The numbers are familiar but never fail to shock. One in four women will experience violence at the hands of their partner. Homicide is a leading cause of death for women younger than 44 years old, and nearly half of female homicide victims […]

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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. How can substance abuse impact DV victims? Both domestic abuse victims and substance abusers have a greater tendency to tolerate adverse […]

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Medical Neglect in Children

What is Medical Neglect? Medical neglect is generally defined as a parent or guardian’s failure to provide adequate medical care for their child or children. The term can encompass a variety of neglectful behaviors: Failure to recognize obvious signs of physical injury, medical illness, or mental health Delaying seeking medical assistance for an acute illness […]

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