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Abuse, Neglect and Exploitation



Call the Aging and Disability Resource Center (ADRC) if you have a concern about possible abuse, neglect or financial exploitation of a vulnerable adult. The ADRC can be reached at 1-800-223-9074.
For Delaware Relay services, dial 711.

 

Be on the lookout for abuse of vulnerable adults!

 

Have you seen physical signs of abuse, such as:

  • Cuts, wounds, black and blue marks, bruises, or welts

  • Burns

  • Unusual injuries

  • Appearing dirty, unshaven, smelly

  • Undernourished, dehydrated

  • Untreated medical condition

Have you seen behavioral signs of abuse, such as:

  • Confusion, forgetfulness

  • Anger

  • Depression

  • Fear, helplessness, shame

Have you seen social signs of abuse, such as:

  • Isolated, little outside contact

  • Violence or drug abuse

  • Unable to speak freely

Have you seen financial signs of abuse, such as:

  • Unusual bank account activity

  • Change in spending habits

  • Signature on checks do not match

  • Unpaid bills

If you notice these signs, call 1-800-223-9074. For Delaware Relay services, dial 711.



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