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Adult Protective Services
What are Adult Protective Services?
What are adult protective services? Williams County
Department of Job & Family Services receives and investigates reports of abuse, neglect and exploitation of vulnerable adults and evaluates the need for protective services.
What types of things are considered abuse?
The most common types of elder abuse reported in Ohio are neglect, self-neglect, exploitation, and emotional, physical and sexual abuse.
Neglect is the failure of an adult to provide the goods or services necessary for his or her own safety and/or well-being − such as avoiding physical harm, mental anguish or mental illness − or the failure of a caretaker to provide such goods or services.
Exploitation is the unlawful or improper act of a caretaker using an adult or his/her resources for monetary or personal benefit, profit or gain.
Physical abuse is the intentional use of physical force that results in injury, pain or impairment. It includes pushing, hitting, slapping, pinching and other ways of physically harming a person. It can also mean placing an individual in incorrect positions, force feeding, restraining or giving medication without the person’s knowledge.
Emotional abuse occurs when a person is threatened, humiliated, intimidated or otherwise psychologically hurt. It includes the violation of an adult’s right to make decisions and the loss of his or her privacy.
Sexual abuse includes rape or other unwanted, nonconsensual sexual contact. It also can mean forced or coerced nudity, exhibitionism and other non-touching sexual situations, regardless of the age of the perpetrator.
What are the best ways to report suspected abuse or neglect?
To make a report of abuse, exploitation or neglect, contact the county department of job and family services in the county where the adult resides or where the incident occurred. During non-business hours, contact local law enforcement. Click here to find the phone number and location of the county agency.