Adult Protective Services

Reporting Abuse

Utah law  (62A-3-305opens in a new tab) mandates any person who has reason to believe that a vulnerable adult is being abused, neglected, or exploited must immediately notify Adult Protective Services or the nearest law enforcement office.

How to Report

Please call 911 if there is an emergency

Causing harm or injury, attempting to cause harm or inappropriately using physical restraint, medication or isolation that could cause harm to a vulnerable adult is illegal and must be reported.

Report by telephone Monday - Friday, 8:00 am - 5:00 pm at 1-800-371-7897 or report online 24/7 by using the form below.

Report Abuse Onlineopens in a new tab

Physical and Sexual Abuse

Know the Signs

  • Multiple bruises in various stages of healing
  • Unexplained fractures, abrasions and lacerations
  • Multiple injuries
  • Withdrawn, passive
  • Low self-esteem or loss of self-determination

Emotional and Verbal Abuse

Do you know a vulnerable adult who is being intimidated, threatened, isolated, coerced or harassed?

Know the Signs

  • Low self-esteem or loss of self-determination
  • Withdrawn, passive, fearful

Caretaker Neglect

Caretakers assume the responsibility to provide a vulnerable adult with care, food, shelter, clothing, supervision, etc. Failing to do so is considered neglect.

Know the Signs

  • Malnourished or dehydration
  • Deserted or abandoned
  • Inappropriate or soiled clothes
  • Over or under medicated
  • Lack of glasses, dentures or other aides if usually worn
  • Unattended

Self Neglect

Self-Neglect occurs when a vulnerable adult is no longer able to care for their own well-being or provide basic necessities, due to mental or physical impairment.

Know the Signs

  • Over or under medicated
  • Social isolation
  • Malnourished or dehydration
  • Unkempt appearance
  • Lack of glasses, dentures or other aides if usually worn
  • Failure to keep medical appointments


Obtaining or using (unjustly or improperly) a vulnerable adult’s funds, credit, assets or other property, by deception or intimidation, is against the law.

Know the Signs

  • Disappearance of possessions
  • Forced to sell house or change one's will
  • Overcharged for home repairs
  • Inadequate living environment
  • Unable to afford social activities
  • Forced to sign over control of finances
  • No or little money for food, clothes or other necessities
If you notice these or other signs, report abuse hereopens in a new tab or call 1-800-371-7897