Abuse News

Risk Factors for Sexual Assault May Help Prevent It

October 16th, 2014
A new Danish study identifies risk factors associated with sexual assault and finds that most women were in their late teens or early 20s and knew their attacker before the incident. Many of the assaults were not associated with physical injury, but alcohol often played ...

Neglect Hinders Brain Development, Influences ADHD

October 15th, 2014
Emerging research suggests that when infants and children are raised in a sterile environment of psychosocial neglect, cortical development is slowed, increasing the risk for attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). Over the past decades, the world has observed tragic examples where the failure of ...

Maternal IQ Not Tied to Child Attachment

October 11th, 2014
A mother’s intelligence does not have a significant effect on her child’s style of attachment, according to the first study on attachment among children whose mothers have mild intellectual disabilities (ID). The research, conducted by Stockholm and Uppsala universities in Sweden, found that ...

For Kids, Mental Abuse Can Be Worse than Sexual, Physical Abuse

October 9th, 2014
Although childhood emotional abuse is rarely addressed by clinicians, new research suggests psychological abuse among children may lead to more problems than sexual or physical abuse. The finding that childhood emotional abuse and neglect is rarely addressed in prevention programs or in treatment ...

Domestic Violence More Likely for Same-Sex Couples

September 21st, 2014
Domestic violence occurs at least as frequently -- and likely more so -- between same-sex couples, according to a review of literature conducted by researchers at Northwestern Medicine. “Evidence suggests that the minority stress model may explain these high prevalence rates,” said senior ...

Sibling Bullying Tied to Future Depression

September 20th, 2014
Children who are bullied by siblings several times a week in early adolescence are twice as likely to become clinically depressed as young adults, according to a new study published in the journal Pediatrics. The bullied kids are also twice as likely ...

Childhood Trauma May Activate Gene Leading to PTSD

September 17th, 2014
New research suggests childhood adversity may influence genotypes which, in turn, can affect a person’s nervous system, placing the individual at risk for post-traumatic stress disorder. Specialists have known that abnormalities in a person’s nervous system, especially in the fight-or flight- response, are ...

1 in 5 Men Admit to Intimate Partner Violence

September 16th, 2014
Male aggression toward their partners is not so rare, it turns out. In a new study, University of Michigan (UM) researchers discovered one in five men in the U.S. report violence towards their spouse or significant other. Warning signs for the violent behavior ...

Web-Training Reduces Campus Sexual Assaults

September 16th, 2014
A new study discovers a web-based intervention targeting college-aged men is an effective tool for reducing the number of sexual assaults on U.S. campuses. Researcher in the School of Public Health at Georgia State University assessed the effectiveness of the RealConsent program to ...

Sexual Assault Victims at High Risk of More Assaults

September 8th, 2014
Sadly, new research discovers that female college students who are victims of sexual assault are at a much higher risk of becoming victims again. Researchers from the University at Buffalo Research Institute on Addictions found that college women who experienced severe sexual victimization ...