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Everything that is contrary to good order established by usage. Departure from reasonable use; immoderate or improper use. Physical or mental maltreatment. Misuse. Deception.

To wrong in speech, reproach coarsely, disparage, revile, and malign.

West's Encyclopedia of American Law, edition 2. Copyright 2008 The Gale Group, Inc. All rights reserved.

ABUSE. Every thing which is contrary to good order established by usage. Merl. Rep. h.t. Among the civilians, abuse has another signification; which is the destruction of the substance of a thing in using it. For example, the borrower of wine or grain, abuses the article lent by using it, because he cannot enjoy it without consuming it. Leg ; El. Dr. Rom. Sec. 414. 416.

A Law Dictionary, Adapted to the Constitution and Laws of the United States. By John Bouvier. Published 1856.
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Domestic abuse is about power and control, with an abuser doing all they can to gain power and control over their victim.
"It will avoid domestic abuse being considered or treated as an anti-social issue".
The guide encourages landlords to develop a domestic abuse housing policy for tenants which prevents homelessness and addresses the housing needs of women and children who experience domestic abuse.
Mr Hart and his brother Ryan came together to form CoCo Awareness - an organisation which gives talks on domestic abuse and violence towards women and children.
"i am proud scotland is leading the way with this groundbreaking legislation, which uniquely recognises the effect of domestic abuse on child victims as well as adults."
The figures come at a time when the number of domestic abuse offences being recorded by police is on the rise.
"In Coventry, Domestic Abuse is everybody's business, the Council and its partners wish to support anyone who seeks help."
"We signed up because we believe it is our responsibility to do what we can to tackle domestic abuse. Make a Stand has provided the focus for us to join our colleagues in the sector in ensuring we all acknowledge that responsibility." CIH president, Jim Strang, said: "To all those organisations who joined us, I say that you are already making a huge difference to the lives of thousands; to those still to do so, come and join us and together we'll help end the scourge of domestic abuse in our society."
Acting co-chief executive of Women's Aid, Nicki Norman, said: "No woman or child should face homelessness because they are experiencing domestic abuse.
He added: "The introduction of the Domestic Abuse (Scotland) Act marks a new era in how Scotland tackles domestic abuse.
Stockton has a higher rate of domestic abuse crime than the national average - a trend which mirrors the rest of Teesside.