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Abuse is a general term for the misuse of a person or thing, causing harm to the person or thing, to the abuser, or to someone else. Abuse can be something as simple as damaging a piece of equipment through using it the wrong way, or as serious as severe maltreatment of a person. Abuse may be direct and overt, or may be disguised and covert.
Several types of abuse include:
--http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Abuse [Jul 2004]
- Sexual abuse: The improper use of another person for sexual purposes, generally without their consent or under physical or psychological pressure. It is often inflicted on children.
- Physical abuse: Where one person inflicts physical violence or pain on another.
- Emotional or psychological abuse: coercion, humiliation, intimidation. Where one person uses emotional or psychological manipulation to compel another to do something they do not want, or is not in their best interests; or when one person manipulates another's emotional or psychological state for their own ends.
- Drug abuse: the misuse of drugs, alcohol or other substances, usually a form of addiction
- Child abuse: Abuse, usually physical, emotional or sexual, directed at a child.
- Spousal abuse: Abuse, usually physical, or psychological abuse, directed at one's spouse.
- Elder abuse: Abuse, most often physical or in the form of psychological threats, directed at the elderly, especially in nursing homes and similar institutions
- Human rights abuse violation of human rights.
- Verbal abuse: the use of foul language, obscenities or demeaning talk directed at another. See Term of abuse
- Animal abuse Abuse or cruelty directed at animals.
Sexual abuse is physical or psychological abuse that involves sexual behavior. Most forms of sexual abuse are crimes in most countries. Forms of sexual abuse include rape, indecent assault and indecent exposure.
Women and children are the most frequent victims of sexual abuse, but men can also suffer from it. Most sexual abusers are male, but there is a significant minority of female sexual abusers.
Sexual abuse is non-consensual, and should be distinguished from consensual sex, or activities such as BDSM. Many activities which are acceptable between consenting partners would constitute sexual abuse if forced on a non-consenting person. It should be noted that people under the age of consent are presumed to be unable to give consent to any form of sexual activity. --http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sexual_abuse [Jul 2004]
An abusive relationship is a interpersonal relationship characterized by the use or threat of physical or psychological abuse.
Psychological abuse includes emotional abuse, verbal abuse, threats, coercion, intimidation, and humiliation.
Physical abuse includes violence and sexual abuse.
See also: Domestic violence
--http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Abusive_relationship [Nov 2004]
Domestic violence occurs when a family member, partner or ex-partner attempts to physically or psychologically dominate or harm the other. The term "intimate partner violence" (IPV) is often used synonymously, other terms have included "wife beating", "wife battering", "Man Beating", "husband battering" "relationship violence", "domestic abuse", "spousal abuse", and "family violence" with some legal jurisdictions having specific definitions.
Recent attention to domestic violence began in the women's movement as concern about wives being beaten by their husbands, and has remained a major focus of modern feminism, particularly in terms of "violence against women".
Estimates are that only about a third of cases of domestic violence are actually reported in the US and UK. In other places where there has been less attention and less support, reported cases would be still lower.
Domestic violence occurs in all cultures, people of all races, ethnicities, and religions can be perpetrators of domestic violence. Domestic violence is perpetrated by, and on, both men and women, and occurs in same-sex and opposite-sex relationships. --http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Domestic violence [Aug 2006]
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