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Types and Examples of Abuse
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Introd­uction: Abuse

Abuse is the willful infliction of injury or harm on another. A person can commit abuse by actively doing something to another person (for example, by hitting the person or verbally tormenting or threat­ening the person). Failing to provide necessary care for someone who is dependent on others for that care is also a form of abuse. Abuse can take many forms
Source Red Cross

Abuse

Forms
Exam­ples
Possible Signs
Physical Abuse: Deli­ber­ately hurting another person’s body
Hitting
Pushing or shoving
Pulling the hair
Biting
Burning
Choking
Shaking
Endang­ering the person (putting him in a life-t­hre­atening situation he cannot respond to)
Using restraints inappr­opr­iately
Cuts, bruises or other signs of injury, especially when the person seems to experience a lot of these types of injuries.
Burns, especially when they occur in unusual places or have unusual patterns
Person may be withdrawn or fearful, especially in the presence of the person who is causing the abuse
Emot­ional Abuse: Degrading, belittling or threat­ening another person
Threat­ening a person with physical harm or the withdrawal of support
Humili­ating a person
Teasing a person in a cruel way
Refusing to speak to the person or ignoring the person
Preventing a person from intera­cting with others (invol­untary seclusion)
Using restraints inappr­opr­iately
Person may be withdrawn or fearful, especially in the presence of the person who is causing the abuse
Sexual Abuse: Forcing the person to take part in sexual activity of any kind
Inappr­opr­iately touching a person’s breasts, buttocks or genitals, or forcing the person to touch someone else in an inappr­opriate way
Forcing another person to partic­ipate in sexual activities
Making inappr­opr­iate, sexually suggestive comments
Sexually exploiting the person (for example, by photog­raphing the person’s nude body)
Bruises, scratches or cuts around the breasts, buttocks or genitals
Unexpl­ained vaginal or rectal bleeding
Person may refuse personal care
Person may be withdrawn or fearful, especially in the presence of the person who is causing the abuse
Neglect: Failing to provide for a dependent person’s basic needs
Failing to provide food, water, clothing, shelter or necessary treatments (such as medica­tions)
Failing to assist the person with personal hygiene and toileting
Signs of poor personal hygiene (for example, dirty hair, body odor, dirty fi ngernails, crusty eyes, bleeding gums or lips)
Dehydration
Weight loss
Pressure ulcers
Fina­ncial Exploi­tation: Taking or misusing another person’s money or assets
Stealing a person’s money, Social Security checks or belongings
Using a person’s funds for a purpose other than what they were intended for
Using a person’s checks or credit card, or withdr­awing money from a person’s bank account, without the person’s knowledge or permission
Forging the person’s signature on checks or legal documents
Person reports that money or assets are missing
Corres­pon­dence from banks or other fi nancial instit­utions that the person did not expect or does not understand
Unpaid bills, even though the person has enough money to pay them

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