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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 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 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 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 Sexual Assault/Abuse Survivors

The parents, children, spouses, partners, friends or other relatives or significant others of survivors of rape or other forms of adult or child sexual abuse, whose own patterns of personal, social and familial coping have been significantly affected by the sexual assault.

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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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