3.2 The Benefits and Drawbacks of Detection and Early Prevention

According to the U.S. Preventive Services and Task Force (USPSTF), there is no sufficient evidence that helps us assess the intricate balance of any benefits or harms in the screening for abuse and neglect of vulnerable adults.

However, it is important to note that anecdotal evidence points towards early prevention strategies helping provide support to vulnerable adults before they suffer considerable harm at the hands of their abusers.

Early prevention and intervention can include:

  • Educating vulnerable adults about their basic rights
  • Providing access to advocacy for exercising basic rights
  • Training of workforce regarding vulnerable adult abuse
  • Creating zero-tolerance policies against abusers
  • Ensuring informant privacy and confidentiality
  • Promoting essential need assessments
  • Tailoring support programs for vulnerable adult abuse victims
  • Providing safeguarding services
  • Collaborating with diverse organizations to prevent abuse and share information.
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