Elder and dependent care abuse refers to any knowing, intentional, or negligent act by a caregiver or any other person that causes harm or a serious risk of harm to a vulnerable adult. Broadly defined, abuse may be:
Any kind of sexual activity to which the victim either does not consent, or is incapable of consenting to.
Includes verbal abuse, threats, and intimidation.
Occurs when a caregiver deserts the elderly or dependent person.
Removal from the State/Community and restraint from returning of a non-consenting elder or dependent adult or an elder or dependent adult who lacks capacity to consent.
Preventing an elder or dependent adult from receiving his or her mail or telephone calls or from having contact with family, friends, or other concerned persons.