The following information can be helpful to have on hand when reporting maltreatment:
- The name and contact information of the mandated reporter and whether the call is being made as a facility designated reporter
- The relationship of the reporter with the vulnerable adult and how the reporter came to know about the situation
- The name, age, address, current location, and identifying information of the vulnerable adult
- Any disabilities, medical problems, or recent injuries incurred by the vulnerable adult
- The assistance and services are required by the vulnerable adult
- The name and address of the alleged perpetrator
- The relationship between the reported perpetrator and the vulnerable adult
- Location of the event and any other useful information that can help the investigation
- Names of any witnesses, relatives, guardians, licensed providers, or any other concerned parties
- Actions that have already been taken for the protection of the vulnerable adult
- Risks of danger to the vulnerable adult.
It is essential to remember that all information must be accurate and verifiable. The reporter should try to use the exact words used by the vulnerable adult while recounting their story and avoid paraphrasing as much as possible.
Moreover, the information recorded should be objective. No critical information that could aid the investigation should be excluded from the incident report.
Similarly, no false details should be added. If something (such as information) is not known at the time, there is no need to mention it. The report will not be deemed incomplete if it does not include all the information mentioned above. However, false reporting can also lead to severe consequences for the reporter and victim.