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Unit 2

Some additional definitions you need to know include:

      • Abuse
      • Sexual Abuse
      • Neglect and
      • Exploitation



  • The infliction of injury, unreasonable confinement, intimidation or cruel punishment that causes or is likely to cause physical harm or pain or mental anguish; sexual abuse or sexual exploitation; or the intentional, knowing or reckless deprivation of essential needs. Abuse includes acts and omissions.
    (Title 22 3472)

Physical Indicators:

  • Bruises from hitting, shoving, slapping, pinching, or kicking

  • Bilateral injuries, or injuries on upper arms, face, neck or
    clustered on other body parts

  • Burns caused by cigarettes or hot objects

  • Friction from ropes, chains, or other physical restraints

  • Injuries caused by biting, cutting, poking, punching, whipping or twisting of limbs

  • Disorientation, stupor or other effects of deliberate overmedication

  • Open wounds, cuts, punctures, and untreated injuries,
    and injuries in various stages of healing

  • Person's report of being mistreated

  • Abuse or neglect of pets in the home

Behavioral Indicators:

  • Easily frightened or fearful

  • Exhibiting denial

  • Agitated or trembling

  • Hesitant to talk openly

  • Implausible stories

  • Extreme upset when assisted with bathing
    or other physical
    care giving

  • Depression or poor self-esteem

  • Eating disturbances

  • Compulsive behavior

  • Sleep disorders

  • Interactions between
    victim or abusers

  • Inconsistence in how
    they describe events or accounts for injuries

  • Family does not interact with client

  • Marital or family discord

  • Caregiver lacks knowledge of adult's condition and needed

  • Doctor or hospital

  • A person's sudden
    change in behavior

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