Abuse and neglect can take many forms and each of the types have its own set of signs and symptoms associated with it. Below is a breakdown of the different types of abuse that can happen to children, dependent adults & elders.
Financial Abuse – includes the misuse, mishandling or exploitation of property, possessions or assets of adults. Also includes using another’s assets without consent, under false pretense, or through coercion and/or manipulation.
Neglect – failure of a caregiver/guardian/parent to provide the necessities of life to another person for whom they are caring.
Self-Neglect – a behavioral condition in which an individual neglects to attend to their basic needs, such as personal hygiene, appropriate clothing, feeding or tending appropriately to any medical conditions they have.
Isolation – restricting visits from family and friends or preventing contact via telephone or mail correspondence.
Emotional Abuse – involves creating emotional pain, distress or anguish through the use of threats, intimidation or humiliation. This includes insults, yelling or threats of harm and/or isolation, or non-verbal actions such as throwing objects or glaring to project fear and/or intimidation.
Abandonment – involves desertion by anyone who assumed caregiving responsibilities for an individual.
Abduction – the act or instance of forcibly taking someone away against their will.
Physical Abuse – an intentional act causing injury or trauma to another person by way of bodily contact.
Sexual Abuse – forcing undesired sexual behavior by one person upon another.