Self-neglect most common type of abuse investigated: report

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Self-neglect was by far the most common type of maltreatment investigated by state and local adult protective services programs in 2016, according to a new federal report released Tuesday.

Sixty percent of the 267,202 cases reported were related to self-neglect, according to data voluntarily submitted to the National Adult Maltreatment Reporting System by states, the District of Columbia and territories.

The next most common types of maltreatment investigated were neglect (19%), financial exploitation (16%), emotional abuse (14%) and physical abuse (10%), according to the report, which was released at the National Adult Protective Services Association annual conference in Milwaukee.

The report authors noted that programs vary on the types of alleged maltreatment they investigate, populations served and other factors. Not all APS programs investigate alleged abuse in institutional settings, they said. Some programs relocate victims from home settings to institutional or facility care arrangements, they added.

The Administration for Community Living, part of the Department of Health and Human Services, said the report contains the first consistently, systematically and nationally collected data on the abuse of older adults and adults with disabilities. The report is the first of an anticipated series based on data from the first year of the NAMRS program.


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