Abuse, neglect, or financial exploitation of a person age 60 or older or adults with disabilities age 18-59 is the least recognized form of family violence.
*Abuse, neglect, and financial exploitation takes many forms, and in most cases victims are subjected to more than one type of mistreatment. In Illinois during FY 2020, 30% of adult abuse reports allege financial exploitation; approximately 20% allege physical abuse; 18% allege active or passive neglect; and 20% allege emotional abuse.
Abandonment - means the desertion or willful forsaking of an eligible adult by an individual responsible for the care and custody of that eligible adult under circumstances in which a reasonable person would continue to provide care and custody.
Confinement – restraining or isolating a person for other than medical reasons.
Emotional abuse – verbal assaults, threats of abuse, harassment, or intimidation so as to compel the person to engage in conduct from which she or he has a right to abstain or to refrain from conduct in which the person has a right to engage.
Financial exploitation – the misuse or withholding of a person’s resources to the disadvantage of the person and/or the profit or advantage of another person.
Passive neglect – the failure by a caregiver to provide a person with the necessities of life including, but not limited to, food, clothing, shelter, or medical care, because of failure to understand the person’s needs, lack of awareness of services to help meet needs, or lack of capacity to care for the person.
Physical Abuse – causing the infliction of physical pain or injury to a person.
Sexual abuse – touching, fondling, or any other sexual activity with a person when the person is unable to understand, unwilling to consent, threatened, or physically forced.
Willful deprivation – willfully denying assistance to a person who requires medication, medical care, shelter, food, therapeutic device, or other physical assistance, thereby exposing that person to the risk of harm.
The Abuse, Neglect, or Financial Exploitation.....
Abuse can also be in the form of fraud. See the page,
Looking Out for Fraud for more information.
Interventions must take into account, wherever possible, most persons do not to want to sever family ties.
These characteristics make intervening more complicated and cases more difficult.
Adult Protective Services