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At Risk Populations

People who, because of their economic, environmental or family situation or a health problem or disability, are considered more likely than others to be affected by or become involved in self-destructive behaviour, criminal activity, abuse, substance abuse, chronic unemployment, homelessness, unwanted pregnancy and other problems which threaten their health, safety and/or personal development.

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Community Newcomers

People who are new residents in a community.

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Ex-Offenders

Individuals who are no longer under required supervision by the criminal justice system.

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Families of Military Personnel/Veterans

The parents, children or spouses of people who are on active duty with one of the branches of the armed forces, who have retired from the armed forces following a military career, or who have been honourably discharged as veterans of military service.

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Families/Friends of Abused Children

The parents, siblings, friends or other relatives of children who have been subjected to a persistent pattern of violence and/or neglect whose own patterns of personal, social and familial coping have been significantly affected by concern about the child and/or their own role in a family affected by child abuse. Child abuse includes emotional abuse, emotional deprivation, physical abuse and corporal punishment that results in a traumatic condition, physical neglect and/or inadequate supervision and/or sexual abuse or exploitation, any of which is perpetrated by the adults and/or family members responsible for their care.

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Families/Friends of Abused Women/Men

The parents, children, spouses, partners, friends or other relatives or significant others of people who have been involved in domestic violence or abuse, whose own patterns of personal, social and familial coping have been significantly affected by ongoing interaction with and concern about living in a violent and/or abusive environment.

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Families/Friends of Accident Victims

The parents, children, spouses, partners, friends or other relatives or significant others of people who have been seriously or fatally injured as the result of an unplanned and unforeseen event or condition, whose own patterns of personal, social and familial coping have been significantly affected by concern about the individual's injuries or their loss.

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Families/Friends of Chronically Ill

The parents, children, spouses, partners, friends or other relatives or significant others of people who have serious medical conditions which have persisted over a long period of time, whose own patterns of personal, social and familial coping have been significantly affected by interaction with and concern about the chronically ill person.

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Families/Friends of Compulsive Gamblers

The parents, children, spouses, partners, friends or other relatives or significant others of people who are unable to control their impulse to gamble, whose own patterns of personal, social and familial coping have been significantly affected by concern about the individual and the consequences of gambling on their own lives.

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Families/Friends of Frail/Dependent Elderly

The children, spouses, partners, friends or other relatives or significant others of people who are unable to care for themselves due to general frailty; illnesses, injuries or progressively debilitating conditions such as Alzheimer's disease or mental illness; or other incapacitating problems, whose own patterns of personal, social and familial coping have been significantly affected by interaction with and concern about the elderly individual.

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Families/Friends of Individuals With an Alcohol Use Disorder

The parents, children, spouses, partners, friends or other relatives or significant others of people who have an alcohol use disorder, whose own patterns of personal, social and familial coping have been negatively affected by ongoing interaction with and concern about the individual.

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Families/Friends of Individuals With a Drug Use Disorder

The parents, children, spouses, partners, friends or other relatives or significant others of people who have a drug use disorder, whose own patterns of personal, social and familial coping have been negatively affected by ongoing interaction with and concern about the individual.

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Families/Friends of Inmates/Ex-Offenders

The parents, children, spouses, partners, friends or other relatives or significant others of people who have been charged with a crime and are awaiting trial, who have been convicted of a crime and sentenced to confinement in a correctional facility, or who have served their sentence and have been recently released from a correctional facility.

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Families/Friends of LGBTQ Individuals

The parents, children, heterosexual spouses or partners, friends or other relatives or significant others of individuals who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer or questioning.

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Families/Friends of Mentally Ill

The parents, children, spouses, partners, friends or other relatives or significant others of people who have clinically significant behavioural or psychological problems, whose own patterns of personal, social and familial coping have been significantly affected by ongoing interaction with and concern about the mentally ill individual.

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Families/Friends of Missing Persons

The parents, children, spouses, partners, friends or other relatives of individuals whose whereabouts are unknown, whose own patterns of personal, social and familial coping have been significantly affected by concern for the missing person.

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Families/Friends of Murder Victims

The parents, children, spouses, partners, friends or other relatives or significant others of victims of criminal homicide, whose own patterns of personal, social and familial coping have been significantly affected by the tragedy and the ongoing impact on their lives.

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Families/Friends of People with AIDS/HIV

The parents, children, spouses, partners, friends or other relatives or significant others of people who have tested positive on the HIV antibody test or have developed AIDS, whose own patterns of personal, social and familial coping have been significantly affected by concern about the individual.

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Families/Friends of People with Alzheimer's Disease

The parents, children, spouses, partners, friends or other relatives or significant others of people who have Alzheimer's disease, whose own patterns of personal, social and familial coping have been significantly affected by concern about the individual.

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Families/Friends of People with Cancer

The parents, children, spouses, partners, friends or other relatives or significant others of people who have cancer, whose own patterns of personal, social and familial coping have been significantly affected by concern about the individual.

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Families/Friends of People with Disabilities

The parents, children, spouses, partners, friends or other relatives or significant others of people who have physical, sensory, developmental, cognitive, mental or emotional limitations, whose own patterns of personal, social and familial coping have been significantly affected by ongoing interaction with and concern about the individual with a disability.

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Families/Friends of People with Eating Disorders

The parents, children, spouses, partners, friends or other relatives of people who have a compulsive obsession with food, whose own patterns of personal, social and familial coping have been significantly affected by ongoing interaction with and concern about the individual. Included are families of people who have anorexia, bulimia, a compulsive overeating problem and other similar disorders.

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Families/Friends of Public Safety Officers

The parents, children, spouses, partners, friends or other relatives of police officers, firefighters and others in high risk positions, whose own patterns of personal, social and familial coping have been significantly affected by the stress associated with concern about their loved one's safety. Included are families and friends of individuals who have been wounded, injured or killed in work-related incidents.

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Families/Friends of Suicides

The parents, children, spouses, partners, friends or other relatives or significant others of people who have taken their own lives, whose patterns of personal, social and familial coping have been significantly affected by the event and the ongoing impact on their lives.

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Families/Friends of Terminally Ill

The parents, children, spouses, partners, friends or other relatives or significant others of people who have life-threatening illnesses or injuries, whose own patterns of personal, social and familial coping have been significantly affected by the crisis and the ongoing impact on their lives.

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Individuals/Families Affected by Divorce

Individuals who have divorced (or separated), are in the process of divorcing or have family members (parents, siblings or other relatives) who are divorcing, have divorced or have separated, and whose own patterns of personal, social and familial coping have been significantly affected by the change.

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People With Disabilities

Individuals who have physical, sensory, developmental, cognitive, mental or emotional limitations, illnesses or injuries that affect their ability to engage in one or more major life activities. Disabilities and health conditions may be temporary or permanent, may be present at birth or occur at any point in a person's lifetime, and can be of different levels of severity.

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The above terms and definitions are part of the Taxonomy of Human Services, used here by permission of INFO LINE of Los Angeles.


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