Vulnerable adult abuse is any action or inaction by a person or caregiver in a position of trust or control that puts the safety, health or well-being of a vulnerable adult at risk.
Vulnerable adult abuse occurs when the vulnerable adult experiences:
The Vulnerable Adults Act (VAA) defines a vulnerable adult as any individual who meets all of the following criteria:
Vulnerable adult abuse can result in serious and permanent physical and psychological damage, and even death.
Other impacts of vulnerable adult abuse may include:
Contact the National Anti-Violence and Sexual Harassment Helpline (NAVH) or the police
Seek help from a Family Service Centre, Protection Specialist Centre, Family Justice Courts, medical professional or temporary shelter
Find out how to support someone who is abused or safely interrupt the abuse