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."

Resources About Abuse & Neglect

A US Department of Justice report of crimes against people with disabilities

End Abuse of People with Disabilities provides this website to help you: connect with others engaged in this work, access the latest resources and research from the field, and advance for intervention and prevention.

This Coalition of community and governmental partners and its members support non-violent solutions to the problem of hate and hate crimes in Oregon. Find resources to support victims of hate crimes and hate incidents locally and across the state.

This guide is for use by providers and staff to understand abuse and reporting for the safety and protection of residents.

This is an abuse prevention document for agencies to use when hiring staff. Though it is from the Department of Human Services in Illinois and references laws specific to that state, much of the information is transferable and clearly detailed including exercises and training guidelines.

Trauma-informed care is a system of care that creates safe spaces for those who have experienced trauma and reduces the likelihood of causing re-traumatization.

This Oregon service helps children and adults with disabilities who have experienced crime — including sexual assault, intimate partner violence, and abuse — even if the crime has not been reported.

Tips and Resources to recognize and treat trauma in people with developmental disabilities.