n. Everything which is contrary to good order established by usage. Something that is excessive or improper in the use of a thing or person or authority. As inflicted on people the abuse can be physical or mental.
In relation to child abuse: 'Abuse,' as defined in the Act encompasses, in relevant part, attempting to cause or intentional, knowingly or recklessly causing bodily injury or serious bodily injury. 23 Pa.C.S.A. § 6107(a).
The injuries to a victim from an attempted crime.
- vb. To inflict damage on anything or anyone. To injure a person physically or mentally. To diminish in value; to wear away by using improperly.