Recognizing the Signs and Symptoms
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​Recognize the signs of abuse

Physical abuse

Physical abuse is a deliberate act of violence, rough treatment, or use of physical force against an adult.

Someone who is being physically abused may show signs of it, but they may not be noticed by others if the victim is hiding the abuse.

Signs and symptoms of physical abuse:

  • Cuts
  • Bruises
  • Burns
  • Grip marks
  • Black eyes
  • Unusual pattern or location of injury

Sign not so easy to identify:

  • Fearfulness
  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Withdrawal from regular activities and social contact

Neglect and self-neglect

Adults are neglected when a caregiver does not provide the essential daily living needs of an adult dependent upon them, for things such as: food, clothing, shelter, bathing, medication, health care, and doctor visits. Self-neglect happens when an adult can no longer take care of their own basic daily living needs.

Signs and symptoms of neglect and self-neglect: 

  • Malnourishment
  • Dehydration
  • Confusion
  • Inappropriate clothing
  • Under-use or over-use of medication
  • Skin sores
  • Poor hygiene
  • Absence of required aids, canes, and walkers


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