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Act on adult abuse & neglect

Recognize abuse, neglect & self-neglect - Abuse

Abuse is the deliberate mistreatment of an adult that causes the adult:

  1. Physical abuse
  2. Mental or emotional abuse
  3. Financial or materials abuse
  4. Other abuse indicators

1. Possible indicators of physical abuse

Unwanted physical and/or sexual contact or acts of violence or rough treatment:

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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2. Possible indicators of mental or emotional abuse

Any behaviour which provokes fear of violence or isolation, emotional stress or mental anguish. Any behaviour which diminishes a person's sense of identity, dignity, or self-worth. This includes: threatening, name calling, humiliating, withholding affection, social isolation, removal of decision making rights, insulting, harassment, intimidation, and coercion.

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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3. Possible indicators of financial or materials abuse

Any situation involving the dishonest or illegal use of an adult's personal money or property and/or possessions. This includes: - fraud, force, misrepresentation, theft, "conning", extortion, withholding, forced changes of will or property titles, misuse of power of attorney:

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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4. Other abuse indicators

In addition to the above mentioned indicators the abused adult may exhibit any of the following:

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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