Adults with physical, mental, or emotional disabilities are more vulnerable than other adults because they are not as independent. They may have a hard time making decisions. Or they may have problems controlling their behavior. Along with older adults, these vulnerable adults have a higher risk of being abused by others.
These are three types of abuse.
Abuse in vulnerable adults can include:
Abuse of vulnerable adults is a complex problem. Risk factors include:
If you're worried about possible abuse of a vulnerable adult, talk to his or her doctor. You can also talk to your own doctor if you need help knowing what to do.
To report abuse or to get help, call Adult Protective Services (APS) in your state.
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