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Adults with physical, mental, or emotional disabilities are more vulnerable than other adults because they are not as independent. They may have a hard time making decisions. Or they may have problems controlling their behaviour. Along with older adults, these vulnerable adults have a higher risk of being abused by others.
These are three types of abuse.
Abuse in vulnerable adults can include:
Abuse of vulnerable adults is a complex problem. Risk factors include:
If you're worried about possible abuse of a vulnerable adult, talk to someone you trust.
Check your concerns with someone who knows about abuse and ask that person for suggestions about what to do next.
Adaptation Date: 5/5/2021
Adapted By: Alberta Health Services
Adaptation Reviewed By: Alberta Health Services
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