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abuse of distress

The wrongful or unlawful use or sale of property that has been seized in order to force payment or the performance of some contractual obligation (known in law as the process of distress or distrain). It was a clear case of abuse of distress: the landlord, without a court order, changed the locks on the door and then seized and sold the tenants' belongings only an hour after serving them a notice of eviction.
See also: abuse, of

abuse of privileges

The wrongful or unlawful misuse of power in one's duties, either at the expense of others or to the advantage of the abuser. The governor displayed a flagrant abuse of privileges, channeling state funds toward a project owned by her son-in-law at the expense of more worthwhile causes. The moderator was deemed to have committed an abuse of privileges, deleting comments that opposed his own.
See also: abuse, of, privilege

be (wide) open to [abuse/criticism etc.]

to be likely to be abused, criticized etc. The system is wide open to abuse. It's a position which leaves them wide open to criticism. You don't want to lay yourself open to attack.
See also: open

abuse oneself

To masturbate.
See also: abuse
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They conclude there is no intervention proven to reduce the risk of abuse or neglect when children who have been abused remain in the home.
Physical and sexual abuse of women, before, during, and after pregnancy.
Alcohol abuse affects the entire family, yet only recently has attention focused on the needs of children with parents or guardians who abuse alcohol and/or other drugs.
Elder abuse may be defined in terms of abuse or neglect.
Certainly, not every officer deals with stress and trauma by abusing chemicals, and not every officer who chooses to abuse chemicals does so to numb the effects of trauma.
But before they hear Muller, the assembly listens to the testimony of one survivor of clergy sexual abuse and learns about the devastating impact it had on her life.
Alilire responded on the website of feminist blogger Trish Wilson, claiming the abuse charges were engineered by her ex-husband with the help of a therapist with whom he had a close personal relationship.
To explore whether clinicians who provide reproductive health care to young female patients should screen them for abuse and exposure to violence, the researcher conducted a cross-sectional analysis of several Alaskan databases: a data file of all females who were enrolled in Medicaid at any point in 1999-2003 and who were 10-15 years old on December 31 of any study year; a database of all females in that age-group who were referred to the state's child protective services unit for investigation of physical or sexual abuse by a primary caregiver in 1999-2003; a similar database for referrals to the state's juvenile justice system; and a database of births to Alaskan residents.
She had been a victim of child abuse by her father, and she was physically, verbally, and sexually abused by two husbands.
Schools are in a position to serve as a central organizing agent for the prevention of child abuse and neglect.