elder abuse

Elder abuse involves doing something or failing to do something that results in harm to an elderly person or puts a helpless older person at risk of harm. Elderly abuse includes:

  • Physical, sexual and emotional abuse
  • Neglecting or deserting an older person you are responsible for
  • Taking or misusing an elderly person’s money or property

Elder abuse can happen within the family. It can also happen in settings such as hospitals or nursing homes or in the community. Elder abuse is a serious problem. All 50 states have laws against elder abuse. The laws differ, but all states have systems for reporting suspected abuse. Please use the links below to report elder abuse.

State Report Elder Abuse
Domestic/Community
Report Abuse in Nursing Home or
Long Term Care Facility
Alabama

 

  • 1-800-458-7214

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Alabama Adult Protective Services

  • 1-800-458-7214

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Alabama Department of Senior Services

Alaska

 

 

  • 1-800-478-9996 (Toll free in Alaska)
  • Outside of Alaska: 907-269-3666

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Alaska Adult Protective Services

  • 1-800-730-6393 (Toll free in Alaska)
  • Outside of Alaska: 907-334-4483
Arizona

 

 

  • 1-SOS-ADULT or 1-877-767-2385
  • 602-674-4200
  • TDD: 1-877-815-8390

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Arizona Adult Protective Services

  • 1-SOS-ADULT or 1-877-767-2385
  • 602-674-4200
  • TDD: 1-877-815-8390
Arkansas

 

 

 

 

 

 

  • 1-800-332-4443 (Toll free in Arkansas)
  • Outside of Arkansas: 1-800-482-8049
  • Arkansas Domestic Violence/ Battered Women Hotline: 1-800-332-4443

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Arkansas Adult Protective Services

  • 1-800-582-4887
  • In Pulaski County: 501-682-8425
  • Fax: 501-682-1967, Attention Complaint Unit

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California

 

 

 

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California Adult Protective Services

  • 1-800-231-4024

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California Long Term Care Ombudsman

Colorado

 

 

 

 

  • 1-800-773-1366

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Colorado Adult Protective Services

  • 1-800-773-1366 or
  • 1-800-886-7689, Ext. 2800
  • (303) 692-2800
  • Fax: (303) 753-6214

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Colorado Department of Public Health Nursing Home Complaints Program

Connecticut

 

 

 

 

  • 1-888-385-4225 or
  • 1-860-424-5241
  • After Hours/Emergency: 2-1-1 (In-State only)

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Connecticut Protective Services for the Elderly

  • 1-860-424-5241
Delaware

 

  • 1-800-223-9074

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Delaware Adult Protective Services

  • 1-800-223-9074
District of Columbia
  • 202-541-3950

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DC Adult Protective Services

  • 202-434-2140
Florida

 

 

 

 

  • 1-800-96-ABUSE or 1-800-962-2873
  • TDD/TTY: 1-800-453-5145
  • Fax: 1-800-914-0004

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  • 1-800-96ABUSE or 1-800-962-2873
Georgia

 

  • 1-888-774-0152
  • 404-657-5250 (Metro-Atlanta)

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Georgia Adult Protective Services

  • 1-800-878-6442
  • 404-657-5728 (Metro-Atlanta)

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Georgia Office of Regulatory Services

Guam

 

  • 671-475-0268
  • After Hours: 671-646-4455
    (evenings, weekends, holidays)
  • 671-475-0268
  • After Hours: 671-646-4455
    (evenings, weekends, holidays)
Hawaii

 

 

 

 

  • 808-832-5115 (Oahu)
  • 808-243-5151 (Maui, Molokai, and Lanai)
  • 808-241-3432 (Kauai)
  • 808-933-8820 (East Hawaii)
  • 808-327-6280 (West Hawaii)

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Hawaii Executive Office on Aging

  • 808-832-5115(Oahu)
  • 808-243-5151 (Maui, Molokai, and Lanai)
  • 808-241-3432 (Kauai)
  • 808-933-8820 (East Hawaii)
  • 808-327-6280 (West Hawaii)

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Hawaii Long Term Care Ombudsman
808-586-0100

Idaho

 

  • 1-877-471-2777

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Idaho Adult Protection

  • 1-877-471-2777
Illinois

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  • 1-866-800-1409
  • TTY: 1-800-544-5304
  • Outside of Illinois: 217-524-6911 or 1-800-677-1116 (Eldercare Locator)
  • After Hours Hotline: 1-800-279-0400

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  • 1-800-252-4343 (Toll free in Illinois)
  • TTY: 1-800-547-0466
  • Outside of Illinois: 217-785-0321

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Illinois Department on Aging

Indiana

 

 

  • 1-800-992-6978 (Toll free in Indiana)
  • Outside of Indiana: 1-800-545-7763, Ext. 20135

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Indiana Adult Protective Services

  • 1-800-992-6978 (Toll free in Indiana)
  • Outside of Indiana: 1-800-545-7763, Ext. 20135
Iowa

 

 

 

  • 1-800-362-2178

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Iowa Department of Human Services

  • 1-877-686-0027

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Kansas

 

 

 

  • 1-800-922-5330 (Toll free in Kansas)
  • Outside of Kansas: 785-296-0044

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Kansas Adult Protective Services

  • 1-800-842-0078
  • 1-877-662-8362 (Toll free in Kansas)
  • Outside of Kansas: 785-296-3017

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Kansas Office of the State Long Term Care Ombudsman

Kentucky

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  • Elder Abuse Hotline: 1-800-752-6200
  • Spouse Abuse Hotline: 1-800-544-2022

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  • Elder Abuse Hotline: 1-800-752-6200
  • Long Term Care Ombudsman: 1-800-372-2991
  • TTY (for hearing impaired): 1-800-627-4702
  • Attorney General’s Patient Abuse Tip Line: 1-877-ABUSE TIP (1-877-228-7384)

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Louisiana

 

 

 

 

 

  • 1-800-259-4990 (Toll free in Louisiana)
  • Outside of Louisiana: 225-342-9722

Adults with Disabilities (Ages 18-59)

  • 1-800-898-4910

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Louisiana Elderly Protective Services

  • 1-800-259-4990 (Toll free in Louisiana)
  • Outside of Louisiana: 225-342-9722

Adults With Disabilities (Ages 18-59)

  • 1-800-898-4910
Maine

 

 

 

 

 

 

  • 1-800-624-8404 (Toll free in Maine)
  • Outside of Maine: 207-532-5047 or 207-287-6083 (After Hours)
  • TTY: 1-800-624-8404
  • TTY After Hours (In-State) 1-800-963-9490
  • TTY After Hours (Out-of-State) 207-287-3492

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Maine Bureau of Elder and Adult Services

  • 1-800-383-2441 (Toll free in Maine)
  • Local/Out-of-State TTY: 207-287-9312

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Maine Department of Health and Human Services

Maryland

 

 

 

 

  • 1-800-917-7383 (Toll free in Maryland)
  • Outside of Maryland: 1-800-677-1116 (Eldercare Locator)

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Maryland Adult Protective Services

  • 1-800-917-7383 (Toll free in Maryland)
  • 1-800-AGE-DIAL, Ext. 1091 (Toll free in Maryland)
  • Outside of Maryland: 410-767-1091

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Maryland Long Term Care Ombudsman/Elder Abuse Prevention

Massachusetts

 

 

 

  • 1-800-922-2275 (Toll free in Massachusetts – Voice/TTY)
  • Outside of Massachusetts: 1-800-AGE-INFO (1-800-243-4636)
  • TDD/TTY: 1-800-872-0166

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Massachusetts Elder Protection Services and Programs

  • 1-800-462-5540
  • 1-800-AGE-INFO (1-800-243-4636)
  • Massachusetts Attorney General’s Elder Hotline: 1-888-AG-ELDER
    (1-888-243-5337)
  • TTY: 617-727-0434
Michigan

 

  • 1-800-996-6228

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Michigan Adult Protective Services

  • 1-800-882-6006

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Michigan Bureau of Health Systems

Minnesota

 

 

  • 1-800-333-2433
  • TDD/TYY: 1-800-627-3529

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Minnesota Aging Protective Services Unit

  • 1-800-333-2433
  • TDD/TYY: 1-800-627-3529
Mississippi

 

 

 

  • 1-800-222-8000 (Toll free in Mississippi)
  • Outside of Mississippi: (601) 359-4991

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Mississippi Adult Protective Services

  • 1-800-227-7308
  • 1-800-222-8000 (Toll free in Mississippi)
  • Outside of Mississippi: (601) 359-4991
Missouri

 

  • 1-800-392-0210

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Missouri Adult Protective Services

  • 1-800-392-0210
Montana

 

 

  • 1-800-551-3191 (Toll free in Montana)
  • Outside of Montana: 406-444-4077

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Montana Adult Protective Services

  • 1-800-551-3191 (Toll free in Montana)
  • Outside of Montana: 406-444-4077

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Montana Senior & Long Term Care Division Ombudsman

Nebraska

 

 

  • 1-800-652-1999 (Toll free in Nebraska)
  • Outside of Nebraska: 402-595-1324

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Nebraska Adult Protective Services

  • 1-800-652-1999 (Toll free in Nebraska)
  • Outside of Nebraska: 402-595-1324
Nevada

 

 

 

 

 

 

  • 1-800-992-5757 (Toll free in Nevada)
  • Outside of Nevada:
    • Carson City area: 775-687-4210
    • Reno area: 775-688-2964
    • Elko area: 775-738-1966
    • Las Vegas area: 702-486-3545

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Nevada Elder Protective Services

  • 1-800-992-5757 (Toll free in Nevada)
  • Outside of Nevada:
    • Carson City area: 775-687-4210
    • Reno area: 775-688-2964
    • Elko area: 775-738-1966
    • Las Vegas area: 702-486-3545
New Hampshire

 

 

 

  • 1-800-351-1888 or
  • 603-271-4680
  • After Hours: 911 or local police after hours, weekends, or holidays

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New Hampshire Adult Protection Program

  • 1-800-442-5640 or
  • 603-271-4375

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New Hampshire Office of the Long Term Care Ombudsman

New Jersey

 

 

 

  • 1-800-792-8820 (Toll free in New Jersey)
  • Outside of New Jersey: 609-943-3473

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New Jersey Adult Protective Services

  • 1-800-792-8820 (Toll free in New Jersey)
  • Outside of New Jersey: 609-943-3473
New Mexico
  • 1-866-654-3219

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Adult Protective Services Division

  • 1-800-432-2080

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Long-Term Care Ombudsman Bureau

New York

 

 

 

 

 

  • 1-800-342-3009 (Toll free in New York) – Press Option 6

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New York Protective Services for Adults

NURSING HOME COMPLAINTS

  • 1-888-201-4563

ADULT CARE HOME COMPLAINTS

  • 866-893-6772

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New York State Department of Health

North Carolina

 

  • 1-800-662-7030

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North Carolina Adult Protective Services

  • 1-800-662-7030
North Dakota

 

  • 1-800-451-8693

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North Dakota Vulnerable Adult Protective Services

  • 1-800-451-8693
Ohio

 

 

 

  • 866-635-3748 (Toll free in Ohio)
  • Outside of Ohio: 1-800-677-1116 (Eldercare Locator)

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Ohio Adult Protective Services

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Ohio Department of Health

Oklahoma

 

  • 1-800-522-3511

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Oklahoma Adult Protective Services

  • 1-800-522-3511
Oregon

 

 

 

 

 

 

  • 1-800-232-3020
  • TTY/Voice: 503-945-5811

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Oregon Adult Protective Services

  • 1-800-522-2602 or
  • 503-378-6533

AGING/DEVELOPMENTAL DISABILITIES

  • 1-800-866-406-4287 or
  • 503-945-9495

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Pennsylvania

 

  • 1-800-490-8505

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Pennsylvania Protective Services for Adults

  • 1-800-254-5164

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Pennsylvania Department of Health

Puerto Rico

 

  • (787) 721-5710 Puerto Rico Governor’s Office for Elderly Affairs
Rhode Island

 

 

  • 401-462-0550
  • Fax: 401-462-0545

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Rhode Island Department of Elderly Affairs Protective Services Unit

  • 401-785-3340
  • Fax: 401-785-3391
South Carolina

 

  • 803-898-7318

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South Carolina Adult Protective Services

  • 800-868-9095
  • 803-734-9900

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Lt. Governor’s Office on Aging

South Dakota

 

 

 

  • 605-773-3656

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  • 605-773-3656
Tennessee

 

 

 

 

  • 1-888-APS-TENN or 1-888-277-8366
  • Knoxville: (865) 594-5685
  • Chattanooga: (423) 634-6624
  • Nashville: (615) 532-3492
  • Memphis: (901) 320-7220

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Tennessee Adult Protective Services

  • 1-888-APS-TENN or 1-888-277-8366
Texas

 

 

  • 1-800-252-5400

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  • 1-800-458-9858
Utah

 

 

  • 1-800-371-7897 (Toll free in Utah)
  • Outside of Utah: 801-264-7669

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Utah Adult Protective Services

  • 1-800-371-7897 (Toll free in Utah)
  • Outside of Utah: 801-264-7669
Vermont

 

 

 

 

  • 1-800-564-1612
  • 802-241-2345
  • Fax: 802-241-2358

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  • 1-800-564-1612
  • 802-241-2345
  • Fax:802-241-2358

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Virginia

 

 

  • 1-888-83-ADULT or 1-888-832-3858
  • Richmond Area: 804-371-0896

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Virginia Adult Protective Services

  • 1-888-83-ADULT or 1-888-832-3858
  • Richmond Area: 804-371-0896
Washington

 

 

 

  • 1-866-EndHarm or 1-866-363-4276

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  • 1-800-562-6078
West Virginia

 

  • 1-800-352-6513

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West Virginia Adult Protective Services

  • 1-800-352-6513
Wisconsin

 

 

 

 

  • 608-266-2536

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  • 1-800-815-0015 (Toll free in Wisconsin)
  • Outside of Wisconsin: 608-246-7013

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Wisconsin Long Term Care Ombudsman

Wyoming

 

 

 

 

 

  • 1-800-457-3659 (Toll free, business hours in Wyoming; or local law enforcement)
  • Outside of Wyoming: 307-777-3602 (State Consultant for Adult Protective Services

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  • 1-800-457-3659 (Toll free, business hours in Wyoming; or local law enforcement)
  • Office of Health Licensing and Survey: 307-777-7123
  • Long Term Care Ombudsman: 307-322-5553

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Wyoming Long Term Care Ombudsman