Elder Abuse Resources

  Where to Get Help /
  Where to Report Abuse

If you suspect elder abuse, neglect, or exploitation:

Help is a Phone Call or Web Click Away

  • If someone you know is in immediate, life-threatening danger,
    call the police or 911.
  • Referrals to State or Local Agencies:
    Eldercare Locator
    1-800-677-1116. Specially trained operators will refer you to a state or local agency that can help.
  • Web: eldercare locator
    Search by topic: Alzheimer's Disease, Caregiver, Elder Abuse Prevention, Financial Assistance, Food & Nutrition, Health Insurance, Healthy Aging, Housing Options, In-Home Services, Legal Assistance, Long Term Care, Transportation, Volunteerism
  • Call your local or state Adult Protective Services office. Adult Protective Services (APS) are those services provided to insure the safety and well-being of elders and adults with disabilities who are in danger of being mistreated or neglected, are unable to take care of themselves or protect themselves from harm, and have no one to assist them. In most states, APS caseworkers are the first responders to reports of abuse, neglect, and exploitation of vulnerable adults.
  • Help Hotline on the Web: State Directory of Helplines, Hotlines, and Elder Abuse Prevention Resources. State reporting numbers, government agencies, state laws, state-specific data and statistics, and other resources. Click on the state or territory to see directory listing.
  • National Domestic Violence Hotline

    1-800-799-SAFE (1-800-799-7233) TTY: 1-800-787-3224
    Live Chat 24/7, 365 days a year
    24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Assistance is available in many languages.
    National Domestic Violence Hotline staff provide callers with crisis intervention, information about domestic violence, and referrals to local programs.

    Get Help

    Resources & Domestic Violence Resources

    Resources for Victims and Survivors

    What is a Healthy Relationship?

  • Directory of Crime Victim Services

    The Directory of Crime Victim Services is a Web-enabled, online resource sponsored by the U.S. Department of Justice, Office for Victims of Crime (OVC). The directory is designed to help service providers and individuals locate victim services in the United States and other countries. Search by location, type of victimization, service needed, or agency type.
  • Web Resources on Elder Abuse
    SeniorLaw's comprehensive list of links to elder abuse and neglect, legal resources, nursing home law, insurance issues, and Federal and state resources.
  • Tribal Court Clearinghouse
    Resources for American Indian and Alaska Native Nations, American Indian and Alaska Native people, tribal justice systems, victims services providers,and tribal service providers.

 World Elder Abuse Awareness Day

World Elder Abuse Awareness Day (WEAAD), began in 2006 and held on June 15 of each year, is a project of the International Network for the Prevention of Elder Abuse (INPEA), an independent, nonrofit organization dedicated to the global dissemination of information and world-wide prevention of the abuse of older people.


 What You Can Do

Learn the 3 R's:

RECOGNIZE that elder abuse exists. Educate yourself and others to the signs.

RAISE your awareness of the older adults around you. And share what you've learned and encourage others to sharpen their awareness about elder abuse.

RESPOND to any signs of abusive treatment and report them to your local Adult Protective Services.


  Informational Resources

Government Resources

National Center on Elder Abuse (NCEA)

NCEA is part of the U.S. Department. of Health and Human Services, develops and disseminates information, provides training and technical assistance, conducts research and demonstration projects, and serves as a national resource for elder rights advocates, adult protective services, law enforcement and legal professionals, medical and mental health providers, public policy leaders, educators, researchers, and concerned citizens.

Caregiver Issues

  • A Fact Sheet on Caregiver Stress and Elder Abuse (PDF file)
    A thoughtful discussion of family care stresses and coping strategies, explores the relationship between caregiver stress and physical elder abuse, as well as the resources available to caregivers and professionals. Published by the National Center on Elder Abuse. If you are feeling overwhelmed by the challenges of caregiving, this is a "must read" for you. Published by the National Center on Elder Abuse.

Learn More About Elder Abuse

  • Elder Abuse and Neglect: In Search of Solutions
    A brochure published by the American Psychological Association, useful to anyone who wants to know more about elder abuse. Includes information about types of abuse and neglect, what causes it, and where to go for help.
  • Citizen's Guide to Preventing & Reporting Elder Abuse (PDF file)
    Developed jointly by the California Attorney General's Crime & Violence Prevention Center and AARP. The guide represents the first of several planned statewide outreach initiatives, funded by three-year, $6 million grant received by the attorney general's prevention office.
  • The Center of Excellence on Elder Abuse and Neglect at the UC Irvine School of Medicine, Program in Geriatrics, is committed to eliminating the abuse and mistreatment of our community's elders. It is a first-of-its-kind program that strives to promote aging with joy and eliminate aging with fear.


  • Institute on Aging Elder Abuse Prevention Program
  • Publications



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