Recognition of Child Abuse for the Mandated Reporter

School officials, medical professionals, social workers, all of these and many more are legally mandated reporters of abuse, but the rate at which abuse gets reported is disturbingly low.  Many professionals still believe that it is not their place to intervene despite their status as mandated reporters.  Reporting suspected abuse is always the right decision, and the process is simpler than many think.  Our guide to Child Abuse for the Mandated Reporter is easy to read and can be distributed to the entire staff of any organization in order to prepare them to become mandated reporters. Read More »

Dubai Foundation for Women and Children Aims to Help Domestic Abuse Victims

Their vision is simple and admirable.  “A community free of violence and abuse.” In the United Arab Emirates, the first ever non-profit organization to benefit women and children affected by domestic abuse  has been working proudly towards their goal since 2007, and has helped hundreds of women and children recover from verbal, physical, and sexual abuse.  Read More »

The Role of the School in Reporting Child Abuse

Currently throughout the United States, all teachers, aides, school coaches, counselors, and healthcare professionals are mandated reporters, yet many professionals fail to make reports of child abuse for a variety of reasons.   Most commonly, teachers, counselors, and other faculty decide not to report suspected child abuse because of a few simple misconceptions and a lack of education on reporting procedure, all of which can be simply remedied.  Information provided to school faculty should be comprehensive and easy to follow.  Our resource for Mandated Reporters can serve as a simple guide for anyone entering a position in schools.  Here are a few simple solutions to remedy underreporting in schools.Read More »

Intimate Partner Violence Takes the Life of E’dena Hines, Granddaughter of Morgan Freeman

E’dena Hines, actress and step-granddaughter of actor Morgan Freeman, died at the hands of her boyfriend this past weekend.  While little information has been released on the nature of the brutal attack, sources report that Hines’ live-in boyfriend stabbed her to death in front of their home at 3 A.M. Sunday morning, shouting religious statements as if he were attempting an exorcism.Read More »

“Branding” Victims – Forced Tattooing and Domestic Abuse

As we advocate in our guides to Intimate Partner Violence, one of the most crucial things to remember about domestic violence and child abuse, especially sexual abuse, is that control is a huge factor, and often the perpetrators of abuse will go to great lengths to maintain control over their victims.  One lesser known way that some perpetrators do this is by “branding” their victims, or forcing them to get tattoos or body modifications, usually of the perpetrator’s name, that are meant to symbolize their “ownership” of the victim.Read More »

Understanding and Identifying Munchausen Syndrome By Proxy

Munchausen Syndrome By Proxy is a mental disorder that often results in the abuse or neglect of children.  We’ve mentioned it before in an attempt to raise awareness about chemical child abuse, which is relatively common among Munchausen’s patients, but now we would like to give a more in-depth examination of the disorder itself and how to spot it. Our Child Abuse Quick Reference contains an entire chapter on Munchausen Syndrome By ProxyRead More »

Substance Abuse and Intimate Partner Violence

Substance abuse can have both a causal and effective relationship with violence.  Certain traits associated with substance abuse are very similar to those associated with violence, including loss of control, preoccupation, or obsession.  Both domestic abuse victims and substance abusers tend to tolerate adverse consequences for small but addictive rewards (i.e. the high or numbness created by the substance or the occasional affection of the abuser).  While domestic abuse is never the fault of the victim, substance abusers may be more likely to tolerate unhealthy relationships due to impaired judgment or poor financial situations, and some substance users are more likely to become perpetrators of violence as well.  Certain substances, including alcohol, can cause some users to act violently.  Read More »