How to start the conversation
Abuse, neglect and financial exploitation may not be obvious. However, there are often warning signs that you or a loved one may be at risk. It’s never an easy conversation to have, but it may help save you or a loved one.
Questions to ask:
1. Is someone taking or using your money without your permission?
2. Are you afraid of anyone?
3. Is anybody hurting you?
Additional follow-up questions to ask:
Have you had a partner, family member, or trusted caregiver that:
- Is someone embarrassing you by calling you bad names or putting you down?
- Is someone looking at you or acting in ways that scare you?
- Is someone destroying, damaging or giving away your property?
- Is someone hiding details about your finances or property from you?
- Is someone controlling what you do, who you see, or where you go?
- Is someone controlling your money or legal documents without your permission?
- Is someone using your money in ways that do not benefit you?
- Is someone making all of the decisions without your input?
- Is someone threatening to hurt you?
- Is someone shoving, grabbing, slapping or hitting you?
- Is someone ignoring your physical, emotional or medical needs?
- Is someone taking money that you need to pay your bills?
- Is someone acting like everything is fine when others around you say you should be concerned?