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Abuse & Neglect

You can report suspected abuse of children or vulnerable adults anywhere in Oregon at 855-503-SAFE (855-503-7233).

What is Abuse?

This summary is taken from the state of Florida’s Agency for Persons with Disabilities. An extensive list of Common Signs and Symptoms of Abuse, Neglect, and Exploitation can be found here.

"Abuse is anything that causes harm to an individual. Abuse can be physical, sexual, psychological/emotional, or economic/ financial. Abuse of people with disabilities, like all forms of abuse, is an abuse of power and control.

Perhaps the most difficult aspect of recognizing the signs and symptoms of abuse and neglect is that individuals with developmental disabilities may exhibit certain physical and/or behavioral traits due to the nature of their disability. Therefore, it is very important to recognize changes in behavior or health (particularly those not typically associated with the individual's disability) as potential abuse indicators. It is also important to note that there is no universal response to abuse or neglect.

Above all else, be mindful that any sudden change in the physical, behavioral, or financial status of someone with a developmental disability may be the result of past or ongoing incidences of abuse, neglect or exploitation."

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