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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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Older People's Commissioner for Wales Sarah Rochira said: "Almost daily we hear stories in the news about older people being mistreated or abused. How we treat our older people says a lot about us and elder abuse is a disgraceful shame on the face of our nation."
When gender distribution according to abuse types was examined, physical abuse was observed with an equal rate in girls and boys, but 56.8% of the children who were abused sexually were found to be female (Table 5).
By the age of 18 years, however, the BMI trajectories of abused girls had begun to diverge.
The Adverse Childhood Experiences Study conducted by the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention also indicates that abused children are at greater risk of alcoholism, illicit drug use, suicide, sexually transmitted diseases, heart disease and an array of other illnesses later in life.
These findings support prior studies with homeless youths that have revealed significantly higher levels of depression and internalizing problems in physically and sexually abused homeless youths than in nonabused homeless youths (Ryan et al., 2000; Stiffman, 1989).
Some 58% of those who had experienced abuse reported that the perpetrator was a man, 14% had been victimized by a woman and 28% had been abused by both.
* A child with a femoral fractures has a one-in-three to-four chance of having been abused
In two previous qualitative studies of abuse of women with physical disabilities including women with SCI/D, we found that women who had been previously abused either during childhood or as an adult were more likely to report repeated victimization (Hassouneh-Phillips, 2005; Hassouneh-Phillips & McNeff, 2004).
At age 32, previously abused individuals exhibited markedly higher concentrations of two inflammatory substances--C-reactive protein and fibrinogen--than their unabused peers did, the researchers report in the Jan.