Abuse can impact people in a multitude of ways and is important to recognize and understand when working as a mental health technician. The abuse of another person implies intention, maltreatment and the violation of their rights. It can occur once or over time, and every victim of abuse responds and heals differently. This course includes an overview of abuse, important definitions, populations affected, the signs of abuse, and how to report suspected abuse. For any mental health professional, it is important to both recognize the signs of abuse and know how to respond to any suspected abuse.