Abuse, Neglect, and Exploitation
Abuse is a willful action by a caretaker that results in injury or harm.
Neglect is an error by a caretaker which is a serious disregard of responsibility. Exploitation is the act of taking unfair advantage of a person by a caretaker.
In the State of Florida, allegations of abuse, neglect, or exploitation are primarily investigated by the Department of Children and Families (DCF) after receiving a complaint from the Florida Abuse Hotline. The Florida Abuse Hotline contact telephone number is 1-800-962-2873.