Abuse and Neglect
Abuse can take many forms. It may be physical,
psychological, sexual, or financial. Neglect occurs when a caregiver
doesn't meet the basic needs of a child, elder, or dependent adult.
What are the causes and risks of the injury?
A combination of psychological, social, and economic troubles may contribute to
abuse and neglect. Financial hardship caused by drug abuse or
chronic medical conditions increases the risk for abuse and neglect. The risk
is highest among families with many serious problems. Children who have been
abused may grow up to abuse others.
Abuse and neglect can also take place in nursing homes or other care settings.
Overworked, poorly trained staff might be more likely to abuse vulnerable
The long-term effects of abuse and neglect are many and varied. Emotional,
psychological, and physical damage can take years to heal. In some cases, the
trauma is never completely resolved. Death can even occur in extreme cases.