The National Adult Maltreatment Reporting System (NAMRS), the reporting system for adult protective services groups, has released findings from its first ever study on adult maltreatment. The data was gathered from voluntary submissions from adult protective agencies across the country for fiscal year 2016. Of 56 states and territories, 54 contributed data. The data recently released is just a fraction of the multi-part report and more data is expected to be released in coming months.
Adult Physical Abuse and Neglect the Top Two Offenses
Of the 53 states that reported, 100% reported neglect, while 96.2% reported physical abuse. Sexual abuse was reported in 88.7%. The majority of cases of abuse and neglect were called into a state hotline or call in number dedicated to investigating reports of elder maltreatment. In Illinois, the Department on Aging operates a 24-hour confidential Elder Abuse hotline (1-866-800-1409), where anyone who suspects maltreatment of an elderly person in any setting is encouraged to call and report evidence or suspicions of abuse.
Illinois Department on Aging: Facts About Elder Abuse and Neglect
According to the Illinois Department on Aging, the already vulnerable elderly are even more of a target if they are socially isolated or suffering from a memory-related condition such as Alzheimer’s or other forms of dementia. There are many forms of elder abuse and neglect in addition to physical and sexual abuse. Some of the other types the Illinois Department on Aging highlights are:
- Willful Deprivation – Described as purposefully withholding care and services necessary to maintain the health, comfort, or safety of an elderly person. Among many other things, this could include failing to dispense medication, not allowing use of any sort of device that assists with mobility, or not maintaining a safe, clean, and comfortable environment.
- Confinement – Defined as the medically unnecessary use of restraint to keep an elderly person in a confined space or area.
Please click here to view the Illinois Department on Aging’s ‘Break The Silence’ PDF on recognizing and reporting forms of elder abuse and neglect.