Adult Abuse and Neglect
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Abuse is the deliberate mistreatment of an adult

Abuse is the deliberate mistreatment of an adult which causes physical, mental, or emotional harm or damage to their property or their assets. There are different types of abuse, and it can happen to anyone, at any age, in any culture, no matter what his or her gender, income, or religion. Together we can reduce adult and elder abuse for British Columbians.

Learn more about Adult Guardianship Laws in B.C.

How do you know if there is a problem?

Neglect is the failure to provide necessary care, assistance, guidance, or attention causing the person physical, mental, or emotional harm.

Self-neglect is when an adult fails to take care of their own basic needs to the point that causes the person physical, mental, or emotional harm, or significant loss of their assets.

Find out more to help you recognize the signs and symptoms of abuse and neglect. 

How do I report abuse or neglect? 

Interior Health is a designated agency and responds to reports of adult abuse and neglect. Visit the Getting Help page for more information, contact a designated agency responder in your community or call tollfree 1-844-870-4754.

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Find out more about abuse and neglect and how you can help.

Seniors health care support line

A dedicated phone line is now available to provide seniors and their families with support for health-care related issues.  Learn more.


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