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What is Vulnerable Adult Abuse?

Vulnerable adults are described as those over the age of 18 years, who are vulnerable due to their age, mental, emotional or physical abilities. Examples include those who are paralyzed, disabled, confused and who rely on others to provide their care.  

Physical abuse is physical force that results in bodily injury, pain, or impairment. It includes assault, battery, and inappropriate restraint.

Sexual abuse is non-consensual sexual contact of any kind with an older person.

Domestic violence is an escalating pattern of violence by an intimate partner where the violence is used to exercise power and control.

Psychological abuse is the willful infliction of mental or emotional anguish by threat, humiliation, or other verbal or nonverbal conduct.

Financial abuse is the illegal or improper use of an older person's funds, property, or resources.

Neglect is the failure of a caregiver to fulfill his or her care giving responsibilities. Self-neglect is failure to provide for one's own essential needs.


Contact the NATIONAL CENTER ON ELDER ABUSE (NCEA) at 1-855-500-3537 (ELDR) or call The Family Center at 715-421-1511 for more information. 


For help, please call

The Family Center at 715-421-1511or call the National Domestic Violence Hotline:

1-800-799-SAFE (7233),

TTY 1-800-787-3224.

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June 15

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