Adult Abuse

What is adult abuse?

Adult abuse is the abuse of any older adult aged 65 and over and adults with developmental or physical disabilities or mental illness under the age of 65. Abuse can happen in a person's own home or the home of family or friends. It can also occur in a professional care setting such as a nursing facility, a residential care facility, an assisted living facility, an adult foster home, a retirement home or a room and board home.


Types of abuse can include:

  • Physical harm or injury
  • Failure to provide basic care
  • Abandonment by the caregiver
  • Verbal/emotional abuse
  • Financial exploitation
  • Unwanted sexual contact
  • Involuntary seclusion
  • Wrongful restraint
  • Self-neglect

See more information about types of abuse and warning signs.

REPORT ABUSE and NEGLECT of seniors and vulnerable adults.

Community Outreach and Prevention Education

Connect with the Office of Adult Abuse Prevention and Investigations to learn ways to know more about adult abuse prevention.

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