Emotional abuse

Emotional abuse is repeated or malicious spoken, written, or gestured language and other treatment that would reasonably be considered disparaging, derogatory, humiliating, harassing, or threatening. On the other side of the picture, subjecting a vulnerable adult to the “silent treatment” is a form of emotional abuse. Minnesota law also prohibits the use of any aversive or deprivation procedure, unreasonable confinement, or involuntary seclusion, including the forced separation of the vulnerable adult from other persons against the will of the vulnerable adult or his/her legal representative.


  • Anxiety and depression
  • Caregiver or others in household are verbally aggressive, belittling, shaming or threatening.
  • Regressive or self-destructive behavior
  • Uncharacteristic behavior or changes in customary habits.
  • Etc.

If an elder or vulnerable adult is in crisis or danger, call 911.


Neglect occurs when a responsible party fails to care for the adult.

Financial Exploitation

Exploiters may describe themselves as “caregivers,” to exploit vulnerable adults for personal financial gains.

Sexual Abuse

Sexual abuse includes victimization by criminal sexual conduct.

Financial Scams

Financial scams are a prevalent in our society today. They may be sent via phone calls, snail mail, online etc..

Emotional Abuse

Emotional abuse is a repeated malicious spoken, written, or gesture language considered threatening, harassing etc..

Physical Abuse

Physical abuse may cause or likely cause indications of pain or injury.


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