Adult Abuse Reporting & Resources - VCH ReAct - Vancouver Coastal Health


About adult abuse & neglect

What is abuse?

Abuse is the deliberate mistreatment of an adult that causes physical, mental or emotional harm, or causes damage to or loss of assets.

Abuse may include intimidation, humiliation, physical assault, theft, fraud, misuse of power or attorney, sexual assault, overmedication, censoring mail, invasion or denial of privacy or denial of access to visitors or other basic human rights.

Types of Abuse

Any act(s) of violence or rough treatment causing injury or physical discomfort. more

Any sexual behavior directed towards a person without his/her full knowledge and consent; i.e., sexual assault, sexual harassment, or use of pornography. more

The misuse of a person's funds and assets; obtaining property and funds without his/her knowledge and full consent, or in the case of an elderly person who is not competent, not in his/her best interests. more

Any act, including confinement, isolation, verbal assault, humiliation, intimidation, infantilization, or any other treatment which may diminish the sense of identity, dignity, and self-worth. more

Other forms of abuse
Medication, Violation of civil and human rights, and Spiritual. more

If you recognize any of these indicators that are unexplained by the adult then you need to ACT! Report Abuse, Neglect and Self-Neglect.

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