Vulnerable Adults


The Vulnerable Adults Act 2018 (VAA) came into operation on 19 December 2018.

This section provides a summary of the procedures for applying for an Order for the protection of vulnerable adults under the VAA at the FJC.

The information provided below is general in nature and is not intended as legal advice. The FJC cannot provide legal advice or assist with drafting the contents of any documents.

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A Vulnerable Adult (VA) is an individual aged 18 years or older who, by reason of his/her mental or physical infirmity, disability or incapacity, is unable to protect himself or herself from abuse, neglect or self-neglect.

If you are a VA, a VA’s family member or a VA’s donee or deputy, you may apply for an Order to protect yourself or the VA against future abuse or neglect by the person against whom an order is sought to be made, known as the Respondent.

The order can be in the form of a restraining order preventing abuse or further abuse, an order granting the right to exclusive occupation of premises or specific part thereof, an order prohibiting the entering or remaining in a specified area frequented by the VA for a specified period or an order prohibiting the communication with or visiting a VA (collective referred to hereinafter as “Protective Orders”).

This section helps you to understand what abuse, neglect or self-neglect is, how a Protective Order(s) helps the VA and the procedures for applying for Protective Order(s) in the FJC.