The WIC requires a mandated reporter to make a report of suspected elder/dependent adult abuse if the mandated reporter’s professional capacity, or within the scope of the mandated reporter’s employment, he/she:
- Observes or has knowledge of an incident that reasonably appears to be physical abuse, abandonment, abduction, isolation, financial abuse, or neglect; or
- Is told by an elder or dependent adult that he/she has experienced behavior, including an act or omission, constituting physical abuse, abandonment, abduction, isolation, financial abuse, or neglect; or
- Reasonably suspects that abuse has occurred.
As mandated reporters, we are legally obligated to report abuse.