Legislators have been under the gun from child welfare advocates and state leaders to use this session to make long-sought changes to how the state protects endangered children.
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.
Shortly after David Hess died in a struggle with staffers at Wordsworth last fall, the state shuttered the West Philadelphia facility, decrying it as “an immediate and serious danger” to the children who lived there.
More needs to be done to determine whether domestic violence is at the root of subsequent illnesses and injuries such as high blood pressure, post-traumatic stress disorder and traumatic brain injury.
Hospital bosses have also stated there has been a notable rise of children self-harming by overdosing on prescribed drugs found in households rather than recreational drugs.
Transgender and gender-fluid teens, particularly those born male, face up to three times more mental and physical abuse at school and at home than their gender-conforming peers, according to a new study from the University of California, Berkeley.
“The conditions are deplorable… these victims are voiceless, they might as well be children.”
Hospital that subjected elderly people with mental health issues to ‘institutional abuse’ under spotlight
The independent report on the mental health ward included testimony from patients’ families, who said their loved ones were treated like “animals.”
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.