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Crimes Against Seniors and Vulnerable Adults: Frequently Asked Questions


Frequently Asked Questions:

  1. What are the types of senior and vulnerable adult abuse?
  2. What are the signs of neglect?
  3. What are the signs of financial abuse/exploitation?
  4. What are the signs of physical or sexual abuse?
  5. How do I report suspected elder or vulnerable adult abuse?

 

  1. What are the types of senior and vulnerable adult abuse?

            Types of senior and vulnerable adult abuse include neglect, financial abuse/exploitation, and physical or sexual abuse.

     2. What are the signs of neglect?

            Some signs of neglect are untreated bed sores, lack of basic hygiene, adequate food, or clean and appropriate clothing. Other signs can be a home that is cluttered, in disrepair or has fire and safety hazards.

     3. What are the signs of financial abuse/exploitation?

            Some signs of financial abuse/exploitation are a sudden lack in amenities the victim could previously afford or the victim giving uncharacteristically excessive financial gifts for care and companionship.

  1. What are the signs of physical or sexual abuse?

            Some signs of physical abuse are inadequately explained fractures, bruises, welts, cuts, sores or burns. A sign of sexual abuse is unexplained sexually transmitted disease.

  1. How do I report suspected elder or vulnerable adult abuse?

            To report suspected elder or vulnerable adult abuse, call Adult Protective Services at 240-777-3000. If you or someone you know is in a life threatening situation or immediate danger, call 911.

 

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