What is abuse of the vulnerable and what are signs to look for? Abuse toward anyone can include emotional, mental, spiritual and physical neglect, harm or exploitation. For the vulnerable such as the disabled or elderly, it can very a very hidden epidemic. But there are signs to watch for such as bruises, malnutrition, depression, loss of money & withdrawal. And there is something you can do to help. If you see something, say something. According to the Mississippi Dept. of Human Services, a 24-hour hotline is available to anonymously report abuse/neglect of a vulnerable person is available. Call 1-844-437-6282. And you can always contact local law enforcement.