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
Crime Against Persons with Disabilities, 2008-2010
A US Department of Justice report of crimes against people with disabilities
End Abuse of 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.
Communities Against Hate
Report incidents of hate crimes to this national database to help educate and empower others.
National Disability Rights Network
The National Disability Rights Network sheds light on the risk of human trafficking for people with developmental disabilities.
Abuse, Neglect and Financial Exploitation
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.
SurviveAbility - Needs Assessment Plan
A collaborative project in Oregon with a grant from the Department of Justice to prevent and address abuse of women with disabilities.
Trauma and People with Intellectual or Developmental Disabilities: Recognizing Signs of Abuse and Providing Effective Symptom Relief