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Elder Abuse Prevention

Elder abuse is a serious problem. In general, elder abuse refers to intentional or neglectful acts that lead to, or may lead to, harm of a vulnerable older adult. Physical abuse; neglect; emotional or psychological abuse; verbal abuse and threats; financial abuse and exploitation; sexual abuse; and abandonment are considered forms of elder abuse. In many states, self‐neglect is also considered mistreatment.

Elder Abuse Prevention Programs are available around the country to investigate and intervene when allegations of abuse are reported.

National Information and Resources

National Center on Elder Abuse
The Administration on Aging sponsored website provides resources on elder abuse prevention, including information on reporting a suspected case of elder abuse.

The National Domestic Violence Hotline
The Hotline is a nonprofit organization that provides crisis intervention, information and referral to victims of domestic violence, perpetrators, friends and families. You can reach the Hotline 24 hours at 1−800−799−SAFE (7233) or TTY 1−800−787−3224.

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To locate elder abuse prevention resources in your community, start your search below. In addition the National Center on Elder Abuse has information on state laws and reporting agencies.

If someone is in immediate danger, call 911 or the local police for immediate help.