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Campus Sexual Violence

Sexual violence is a pervasive issue on college campuses. About 13% of all students in the United States have experienced some form of sexual assault during their enrollment.                     What is sexual violence? As explained in STM Learning’s Sexual Assault Victimization Across the Life Span, Second […]

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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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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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“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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