To bring Tennessee public and private entities together to promote collaboration necessary to prevent the abuse, neglect, and exploitation of vulnerable adults.
Who are vulnerable adults?
Older persons, or persons with disabilities, who are in danger of being mistreated or neglected, are unable
to protect themselves, and have no one to assist them.
What are the types of adult abuse?
Neglect occurs when the basic needs of a dependent adult are not met by a caregiver. Neglect may be unintentional, resulting from the caregiver's lack of ability to provide or arrange for the care or services the adult requires. Neglect also may be due to the intentional failure of the caregiver to meet the adult's needs.
Self-Neglect occurs when a dependent adult is unable to care for him/herself or to obtain needed care. The impairments result in significant danger to the adult and in some situations deterioration can occur to the point that the adult's life may be at risk.
Abuse (physical, sexual, and emotional) generally involves more extreme forms of harm to the adult, including the infliction of pain, injury, mental anguish, unreasonable confinement, or other cruel treatment.
Financial Exploitation occurs when a caregiver improperly uses funds intended for the care or use of the adult. These are funds paid to the adult or to the caregiver by a governmental agency.
What are the warning signs of adult abuse?
If you suspect a vulnerable adult is a victim of abuse, neglect or financial exploitation, please call:
KNOXVILLE: (865) 594-5685
CHATTANOOGA: (423) 634-6624
NASHVILLE: (615) 532-3492
MEMPHIS: (901) 320-7220
or if you are outside the above calling areas, please call toll free:
Office hours 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday-Friday. After-hours calls are returned the next business day.
IF THE VULNERABLE ADULT IS IN A LIFE-THREATENING SITUATION, CALL 911.