Abuse FAQs:

Q: Is abuse the improper usage or treatment of an entity?

A: Yes, and often to unfairly or improperly gain benefit.

Q: Is abuse the mistreatment of persons while they are under arrest or incarcerated?

A: Yes.

Q: Is abuse a pattern of behaviour that can seriously interfere with one's positive emotional development and can lead to significant detriment to one's self-esteem?

A: Yes, and emotional well-being, and physical state.

Q: Is abuse used in public health?

A: Yes, and medical and criminal justice contexts.

Q: Is abuse abuse involving contact intended to cause feelings of intimidation?

A: Yes, and pain, injury, or other physical suffering or bodily harm.

Q: Is abuse frequently or systematically used on their members?

A: Yes.

Q: Is abuse always intentional?

A: Yes, and can not happen by accident.

Q: Is abuse a form of child abuse in which an adult or older adolescent abuses a child for sexual stimulation?

A: Yes.

Q: Is abuse indirect?

A: Yes, and exploits the victim on an emotional, mental or psychological level.

Q: Is abuse sexual?

A: Yes, and emotional or physical abuse that is imposed on an individual or group by a social or cultural system or authority.

Q: Is abuse a type of harm to older adults involving abuse by trusted individuals in a manner that "causes harm or distress to an older person"?

A: Yes.

Q: Is abuse a pattern of abusive behaviour exhibited by one or both partners in a dating relationship?

A: Yes.

Q: Is abuse the physical or psychological/emotional mistreatment of children?

A: Yes.

Q: Is abuse more often perpetrated by men?

A: Yes.

Q: Is abuse responsible not only for injustice?

A: Yes, but also harm to physical, psychological and societal health.

Q: Is abuse the infliction of suffering or harm upon animals?

A: Yes, and other than humans, for purposes other than self-defense.

Q: Is abuse the forcing of undesired sexual behaviour by one person upon another?

A: Yes, when that force falls short of being considered a sexual assault.

Q: Is abuse often associated with situations of power imbalance?

A: Yes, such as abusive relationships, bullying, child abuse and in the workplace.

Q: Is abuse similar whether the victim was male or female?

A: Yes.

Q: Is abuse a form of abusive behaviour involving the use of language?

A: Yes.

Q: Is abuse the only accurate predictors of aftereffects of abuse?

A: Yes, sex of perpetrator or victim were not reliable predictors.

Q: Is abuse the use of surveillance methods or technology to monitor the activity of an individual or group of individuals in a way which violates the social norms or laws of a society?

A: Yes.

Q: Is abuse the physical?

A: Yes, and emotional, and/or sexual abuse of one sibling by another.

Q: Is abuse sometimes referred to by the less specific term alcoholism?

A: Yes.

Q: Is abuse a term that emerged in the late 20th century?

A: Yes, and became more prominent in the 2000s decade.

Q: Is abuse a form of abuse when one intimate partner has control over the other partner's access to economic resources?

A: Yes, and which diminishes the victim's capacity to support him/herself and forces him/her to depend on the perpetrator financially.

Q: Is abuse sexual?

A: Yes, and psychological, or physical abuse "that is kept secret for a purpose, concealed, or underhanded".