The independent report on the mental health ward included testimony from patients’ families, who said their loved ones were treated like “animals.”
A 2012 study, the largest of its kind to date, found that the changes in the adult brain resulting from abuse as a child make victims more vulnerable to depression, addiction, and post-traumatic stress disorder. Several mental illnesses and disorders can increase the risk of abusive patterns arising in the sufferer’s interpersonal relationships. However, while abuse and mental illness are related, it is stressed that each problem should be treated separately, and that mental illness is no excuse to exhibit abusive behavior. Domestic violence is often kept a secret and is a major cause of mental ill health worldwide. The World Health Organization estimates that 15-71% of women worldwide have experienced some form of abuse, and abuse is still one of the leading causes of death for women of childbearing age. In the United States, an estimated 20 people per minute are physically abused by an intimate partner, while 1 in 3 women and 1 in 4 men report having been victims of domestic violence.
Those caring for the survivors who are suffering from post-traumatic stress after repeated abuse should seek mental health intervention for them, but even then it will be a lifelong struggle for many of the victims. Read more…
An Alabama inmate found dead in his cell apparently killed himself just weeks after testifying in a trial accusing the state of denying proper mental health care to prisoners, officials said Tuesday. Read more…
New technology could help find children at risk of abuse or neglect. While the state tries to manage hundreds of thousands of cases, the Department of Family and Protective Services rolled out upgrades earlier this week. Read more…
Raul Vela can’t change what happened to his daughter, so he’s trying to persuade state lawmakers to increase restrictions on social media, making it harder for cyberbullies to stay anonymous.
The review was triggered by the suicide of three firefighters earlier this year and involved interviews with 65 of 2,200 employees and further information from 220 staff.
Among the report’s key findings as it relates to East Austin is the lack of community services offered in that part of the city, yielding an inequitable division of such resources citywide.
Childhood bullying has a strong link to mental health service use throughout a person’s life, putting additional strain on an “already overstretched” UK healthcare system, suggest researchers.
A University of Manchester study which looked at more than thirty years of research into bipolar, found that people with the disorder are 2.63 times more likely to have suffered emotional, physical or sexual abuse as children than the general population.
Patients described being restrained and physically abused by the individuals who operated the home.
About 3.8 million people in Texas are age 60 and over, a number that’s expected to more than triple to 12 million by 2050. It’s regarded as one of the state’s fastest growing populations.
During a recent event at the White House focusing on how schools should be addressing the traumatic experiences of girls, and girls of color in particular, a Latina student talked about the childhood abuse she suffered at the hands of her stepfather.
The Texas Department of Family and Protective Services on Monday released a strategic plan to promote child abuse prevention and early intervention.
“Sexual minority” youth — defined as gay, lesbian and bisexual or not sure — experience substantially higher levels of physical and sexual violence and bullying than their heterosexual peers, according to a new report released today from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
Last December, U.S. District Judge Janis Jack ruled that the Texas foster care system was inadequate to the point of being unconstitutional. Most everyone is in agreement on what the major issues are: poorly trained foster parents, overwhelming case loads, high staff turnover, low pay. Whether or not the political wherewithal exists to fix the problem is Read more
Lisa Fontes’s ex-boyfriend never punched her, or pulled her hair. But he hacked into her computer, and installed a spy cam in her bedroom, and subtly distanced her from her friends and family. Still, she didn’t think she was a victim of domestic abuse.
Arrested for stealing $5.05 of sweets and soda, a 24-year-old who doctors repeatedly diagnosed as psychotic and delusional was left to essentially starve to death over four months in a squalid Virginia jail cell, Jamycheal Mitchell’s aunt alleged in a federal lawsuit.
CPS has been publicly reeling for months. Turnover has skyrocketed as overwhelmed, low-paid caseworkers flee the agency. Cases of suspected abuse and neglect have lingered, leading to missed signs that could have helped rescue children much sooner.