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Archive for the tag “domestic violence”

Elder abuse (MedlinePlus)

Elder abuse (MedlinePlus) –http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/elderabuse.html

Representative questions that can be answered with this resource:

  • What are some of the ways that people can locate vulnerable elderly to fleece?
  • What are conditions that increase and elder’s chances of being abused?
  • What is Adult Protective Services and how do they interact with the elderly?


This page links to information on these particular kinds of abuse under “specific conditions”:

  • Financial abuse
  • Neglect and self-neglect
  • Physical abuse
  • Psychological abuse
  • Sexual abuse

Other notable resources include:

  • Role of Culture in Elder Abuse under “Related Resources”
  • National Center on Elder Abuse under “Organizations”
  • Mental Capacity, Consent and Undue Influence under “Law and Policy”



Domestic violence (MedlinePlus)

Domestic violence (MedlinePlus) – http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/domesticviolence.html

Representative questions that can be answered with this resource:

  • What are some signs that a partner is being abused?
  • What’s the relationship between domestic violence and mental disorders?
  • What might a battered spouse’s “safety plan” consist of?


This MedlinePlus topic page follows the structure laid out in the entry for MedlinePlus Health Topics.

Notable features on this page include:

  • Safety Planning, under “Related Issues”
  • Articles on screening for Domestic violence under “Journal Articles”
  • “Clinical Trials” – Links to studies on intervention
  • How Do I Apply for Immigration Benefits as a Battered Spouse or Child? under “Law and Policy”
  • Domestic Violence against Men: Know the Signs, Seek Help under “Men”

This particular page has been translated into Arabic, Bosnian, Russian, Somali and Spanish.

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