Abuse, Neglect & Exploitation Definitions & Warning Signs

Fact Sheet

Abuse… is inappropriate treatment of an individual. It includes physical, psychological, emotional and sexual abuse.

Neglect… is the refusal or failure to fulfill an individual’s needs.

Exploitation… is to take advantage of an individual. It includes financial,
material, activity and labor exploitation.

Warning Signs…

What to do…


This publication provides legal information, but is not intended to be legal advice. The information was based on the law at the time it was written. As the law may change, please contact the P&A for updates.

This publication is funded by the US Department of Health and Human Services (Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration and the Administration on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities). It does not necessarily represent the official views of the funding authorities.

P&A does not discriminate on the basis of disability, race, color, creed, national origin, ethnicity, ancestry, citizenship, age, religion, sex or sexual orientation, veteran status or any other class protected by law in the provision of its programs or services. Pete Cantrell is P&A’s designated coordinator for Section 504 of the
Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Americans with Disabilities Act. Abuse & Neglect – April 2015


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