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NCJ Number: 200957 Find in a Library
Title: Dependent Adult Abuse (From Child Abuse and Neglect: Guidelines for Identification, Assessment, and Case Management, P 148-151, 2003, Marilyn Strachan Peterson and Michael Durfee, eds. -- See NCJ-200932)
Author(s): Nora J. Baladerian Ph.D.
Date Published: 2003
Page Count: 4
Sponsoring Agency: Volcano Press, Inc
Volcano, CA 95689
Sale Source: Volcano Press, Inc
P.O. Box 270
Volcano, CA 95689
United States of America
Type: Instructional Material; Issue Overview
Format: Book (Softbound)
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: After presenting statistics on the incidence of dependent-adult abuse (abuse of adults with disabilities), this chapter outlines best practices for interviewing and managing the cases of abused dependent adults.
Abstract: "Dependent adults" are defined as "individuals who require the assistance of another person for activities of daily living." These adults include individuals with developmental disabilities, mental illnesses, both mental retardation and mental illness, or severe physical impairments that require the presence of a personal-care assistant. It is not uncommon for abused dependent adults to resist perceiving that they are being abused, since years of having their bodies managed and maintained by caregivers may have caused them to lose the sense that "my body belongs to me." In interviewing suspected abused dependent adults, it is essential to use terms they are likely to understand. This is done by having the interviewees explain in their own words their understanding of what the interviewer has asked or stated. The victim should not be abruptly removed from a familiar place without explanation or reassurance, along with a description of where they are being taken. Transportation to any new or unfamiliar place should include accompaniment by a trusted person with whom the victim is familiar. Whenever possible, it is best if the victim can remain in familiar surroundings while the perpetrator of the abuse is removed. There should be collaboration among all agencies involved in the victim's care to ensure that there is agreement and coordination in the goals and implementation of the intervention. A case history with follow-up questions is provided. 8 additional readings and resources
Main Term(s): Victim services
Index Term(s): Case management; Investigative techniques; Personal interviews; Persons with cognitive disabilities; Persons with Disabilities; Persons with physical disabilities
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