Facts from the Adult Protective Services FY 2017 Annual Report:
16,507 reports of abuse, neglect, and financial exploitation received by the APS program. This increase reflects 2,971 reports involving adults with a disability between the ages of 18 and 59. Most are living at home or with a relative.
The majority of reports were for Financial Exploitation, (8,604), followed by Emotional Abuse (6,476); Passive Neglect (6,679); Physical Abuse (3,782); Willful Deprivation (2,268); Confinement (1,381), and Sexual Abuse (765).
Most abusers are family members: 74% were either the spouse, child, or other relative.
Victims generally experience more than one type of abuse. For example, the highest form of abuse reported, financial exploitation, is highly associated with emotional abuse.
67% of the victims were female; 33% were male.
49% of abusers were male and 51% were female.
One in five victims is age 86 or older; more than half of the victims suffer from barriers to independent living such as being functionally impaired.
Most cases of abuse, neglect, or financial exploiation were reported by social workers or medical personnel (35%). Family members were responsible for 16% of reports, and victims self-reported in 8% of the cases. Other reporters include law enforcers, Community Care Program employees, and bank employees. Five percent of the reports were anonymous.