If you have an immediate question or concern about family violence, please consult the National Child Abuse Hotline at 800/4-A-CHILD (422-4453) or the National Domestic Violence Hotline at 800/799-SAFE (7233).
Ethics and Responsibility
Please review APTA's Code of Ethics and Standards for Ethical Conduct to be familiar with a physical therapist's and physical therapist assistant's responsibility in situations or cases where abuse is suspected.
Code of Ethics for the Physical Therapist (.pdf) - 4D. Physical therapists shall report suspected cases of abuse involving children or vulnerable adults to the appropriate authority, subject to law.
Standards of Ethical Conduct for the Physical Therapist Assistant (.pdf) - 4D. Physical therapist assistants shall report suspected cases of abuse involving children or vulnerable adults to the supervising physical therapist and the appropriate authority, subject to law.