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Indiana Protection & Advocacy Services

Indiana Disability Rights

Indiana Disability Rights > Investigate Abuse & Neglect Investigate Abuse & Neglect

What does the Indiana Disability Rights Abuse and Neglect Team do?

  • We conduct investigations into allegations of abuse, neglect, and exploitation
  • We provide information and training on the topics of abuse, neglect, and exploitation
  • We monitor facilities, such as group homes, workshops, nursing homes, psychiatric residential treatment facilities (PRTF), and mental health facilities, for signs of abuse, neglect, and exploitation
  • We teach self-advocacy skills

What is abuse, neglect and exploitation?**

**The following are examples of each type, not meant to be an exhaustive list. 

  • Physical abuse:
    o Kicking, hitting, pushing, pinching
    o Force-feeding or intentionally burning people
    o Excessive force during a restraint

  • Verbal abuse:
    o Yelling, swearing, or demeaning a person
    o Threats to withhold food, care, or activities
     
  • Sexual abuse:
    o Unwanted or inappropriate touching
    o Coercion to perform sex acts
    o Forced to observe or participate in pornography
     
  • Neglect:
    o Lack of personal care/hygiene
    o Lack of appropriate supervision to ensure health and safety
    o Lack of appropriate food or hydration
     
  • Exploitation/Theft:
    o Using a person’s belongings without permission
    o Using a person’s money for themselves; “borrowing”
    o Knowingly taking advantage of a person for money or other items

Where does Indiana Disability Rights investigate?

Group homes, schools, workshops, mental health facilities, and nursing homes or anywhere that serves a person with a disability.

How do I report suspected abuse, neglect, or exploitation?

  • CALL 911 IF THE PERSON BEING ABUSED IS IN IMMEDIATE DANGER.
    INDIANA DISABILITY RIGHTS IS NOT AN EMERGENCY RESPONDER!
  • Report the situation to the appropriate supervisor.
  • Call:
    Child Protective Services Hotline (ages birth to17 years): 800.800.5556
    Adult Protective Services Hotline (ages 18 and older): 800.992.6978
  • Call Indiana Disability Rights: 800.622.4845 -or- TTY: 800.838.1131 -or- click the link at the bottom of this page. 

What can I do?

  • Know the signs of abuse and neglect. For more information, click here for a resource guide on abuse.
  • Know how to report abuse .
  • Call Indiana Disability Rights for help. You can reach us by calling 800.622.4845 or TTY 800.838.1131 -or-

Need help? Click here to contact Indiana Disability Rights.