Abuse is the improper usage or treatment of an entity, often to unfairly or improperly gain benefit. Abuse can come in many forms, such as: physical or verbal maltreatment, injury, assault, violation, unjust practices; crimes, or other types of aggression.

Different types of abuse:
  • Economic Abuse.
  • Sexual Abuse.
  • Physical Abuse.
  • Verbal Abuse.
  • Emotional Abuse.
  • Academic Abuse.
  • Psychological Abuse.
  • Child abuse.
  • Use of Technology.
Signs and symptoms of physical abuse:
  • Unexplained injuries, such as bruises, fractures or burns.
  • Injuries that don’t match the given explanation.
  • Untreated medical or dental problems.

Child abuse: The physical sign of child abuse used to be called battered child syndrome. This syndrome referred to many fractures that occurred at different times in children too young to have received them from an accident. The definition of child abuse has since been expanded. The major risk factors for child abuse include:

  • Alcoholism
  • Domestic violence
  • Drug abuse
  • Being a single parent
  • Lack of education
  • Poverty

Adult abuse generally refers to mistreatment of an older person by someone who has a special relationship with the elder such as a spouse, sibling, child, friend, or caregiver. Abuse may take the form of one or all of the following: physical, financial or emotional abuse, neglect or abandonment.


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