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Abuse can come in a variety of forms. While it is hard to determine why abuse occurs or how to prevent it from happening, there is help available to victims. There are also many warning signs that indicate the existence of possible problems and signify who may be victims of abuse.
Abuse does not just occur between a husband and wife in their home, and abuse is not always physical abuse between two people. Rather, abuse can be emotional or psychological, occur in a nursing home, happen to a child, or involve sex.
All states have enacted laws and regulations that protect children from abuse and neglect. These laws include mandatory reporting, proper child maintenance, and disclosure of records and domestic violence.
- What Is Child Abuse?
- Statute of Limitations for Child Abuse
- What Constitutes Child Abuse?
- Victims of Child Abuse
- Reporting Child Abuse
- Sexual Abuse
- What the Parameters of Discipline vs. Abuse?
State and federal governments have enacted laws that provide criminal punishment for those who cause emotional, psychological and physical abuse to an immediate family member or relative.
- What is Domestic Violence?
- Domestic Violence Protection Orders
- Suing for Domestic Violence
- Domestic Violence Leave Laws
- Domestic Violence Restraining Orders
Elder abuse laws have been placed to prevent the abuse of elders either by a family member, a caretaker, nursing home, or professional health care provider. This type of abuse is engaged in by offenders who try to deceive, intimidate, and exploit an elderly person who is vulnerable.
- What Is Elder Abuse?
- Reporting Elder Abuse
- Nursing Home Liability for Elder Abuse
- Financial Exploitation of Elderly
- Elder Neglect
Restraining Orders & Protection
Victims of abuse may be able to obtain a restraining order to protect themselves from their abuser. A restraining order requires the offender to refrain from doing a specific act. These court orders are typically used in domestic violence, harassment, stalking, or sexual assault cases.
- What Is a Restraining Order?
- How to Get a Court Order
- Temporary Restraining Orders
- Domestic Abuse Injunction
Do I Need a Lawyer?
All types of abuse can be a very serious matter, and can have lasting psychological, physical, emotional, and legal effects on both the offender and the victim. Constant and recurring of abuse should always be reported to law enforcement. You may wish to contact a qualified lawyer in your area if you are involved with or have been exposed to any type of abuse.
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Last Modified: 01-14-2015 02:29 PM PST
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