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Elder Abuse

Each year millions of older persons are abused, neglected, and exploited. Many victims are people who are older, frail, and vulnerable and cannot help themselves and depend on others to meet their most basic needs. Abusers of older adults are both women and men, and may be family members, friends, or “trusted others.”

In general, elder abuse is a term referring to any knowing, intentional, or negligent act by a caregiver or any other person that causes harm or a serious risk of harm to a vulnerable adult. Legislatures in all 50 states have passed some form of elder abuse prevention laws. Laws and definitions of terms vary considerably from one state to another, but broadly defined, abuse may be:

  • Physical Abuse—inflicting physical pain or injury on a senior, e.g. slapping, bruising, or restraining by physical or chemical means.
  • Sexual Abuse—non-consensual sexual contact of any kind.
  • Neglect—the failure by those responsible to provide food, shelter, health care, or protection for a vulnerable elder.
  • Exploitation—the illegal taking, misuse, or concealment of funds, property, or assets of a senior for someone else's benefit.
  • Emotional Abuse—inflicting mental pain, anguish, or distress on an elder person through verbal or nonverbal acts, e.g. humiliating, intimidating, or threatening.
  • Abandonment—desertion of a vulnerable elder by anyone who has assumed the responsibility for care or custody of that person.
  • Self-neglect—characterized as the failure of a person to perform essential, self-care tasks and that such failure threatens his/her own health or safety.

What are the warning signs of elder abuse?

While one sign does not necessarily indicate abuse, some tell-tale signs that there could be a problem are:

  • Bruises, pressure marks, broken bones, abrasions, and burns may be an indication of physical abuse, neglect, or mistreatment.
  • Unexplained withdrawal from normal activities, a sudden change in alertness, and unusual depression may be indicators of emotional abuse.
  • Bruises around the breasts or genital area can occur from sexual abuse.
  • Sudden changes in financial situations may be the result of exploitation.
  • Bedsores, unattended medical needs, poor hygiene, and unusual weight loss are indicators of possible neglect.
  • Behavior such as belittling, threats, and other uses of power and control by spouses are indicators of verbal or emotional abuse.
  • Strained or tense relationships, frequent arguments between the caregiver and elderly person are also signs.

Most importantly, be alert. The suffering is often in silence. If you notice changes in a senior’s personality or behavior, you should start to question what is going on. Remember, it is not your role to verify that abuse is occurring, only to alert others of your suspicions. 

(U.S. Administration on Aging)

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Abuse and Rape Crisis Shelter

27 N. East Street
Lebanon , OH  45036
http://www.arcshelter.com
acrisisshelter@cinci.rr.com
Phone: 513-695-1107
Phone Extension: N/A
Area(s) Served: Warren County Contracted Provider: Not Applicable
Description:   ARCS Family Violence Program provides: 24/7 Crisis hotline response and shelter safe access. 24/7 Sheltering services for victims of domestic violence and their dependents. Legal and Social Service advocacy. Individualized safety planning... read more
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Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

1600 Clifton Rd
Atlanta , GA  30329
http://www.cdc.gov

Phone: 800-232-4636
Phone Extension:
Area(s) Served: Nationwide Contracted Provider: Not Applicable
Description:   The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is an excellent resource for information and guidance on a variety of health related topics from chronic disease and smoking cessation, to fall prevention and flu shots.  Here are some particular... read more
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Clermont County Adult Protective Services

2085 James E. Sauls Sr. Dr.
Batavia , OH  45103
http://www.clermontseniors.com/services/adult-protective-services/
info@clermontseniors.com
Phone: 513-732-7173
Phone Extension: N/A
Area(s) Served: Clermont County Contracted Provider: Not Applicable
Description:   Clermont Senior Services is the exclusive contract agency investigating allegations of abuse, neglect or exploitation of older adults in Clermont County. This state mandated program is provided in conjunction with the Clermont County Department of Jo... read more
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Clinton County Department of Job and Family Services

1025 S. South Street
Wilmington , OH  45177
http://co.clinton.oh.us/healthservices/job-and-family-services/
CLINTON_COUNTY_FAMILY_SERVICES@jfs.ohio.gov
Phone: 937-382-0963
Phone Extension:
Area(s) Served: Clinton County Contracted Provider: Not Applicable
Description:   Office Hours: 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday Job and Family Services Departments and Contact Information Child Protection Unit Office Phone: 937-382-5935 24 hour Emergency Number: 937-382-2449 Toll Free Number: 1-800-... read more
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Elder Justice Initiative

950 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW
Washington , DC  20530-0001
http://www.justice.gov/elderjustice/
webmaster@usdoj.gov
Phone: 202-514-2000
Phone Extension: N/A
Area(s) Served: Butler County,
Nationwide,
Greene County,
Other,
Warren County,
Clermont County,
Montgomery County,
Statewide,
Clinton County,
Hamilton County
Contracted Provider: Not Applicable
Description:    A resource for victims of elder abuse and financial exploitation and their families; practitioners who serve them; law enforcement agencies and prosecutors; and researchers seeking to understand and address this silent epidemic plaguing our nat... read more
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Greene County Adult Protective Services


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http://www.co.greene.oh.us/index.aspx

Phone: (937) 562-6315
Phone Extension:
Area(s) Served: Greene County Contracted Provider: Not Applicable
Description:   Adult Protective Services Purpose Adult Protective Services are provided to the elderly who are in danger of harm and / or are unable to protect themselves. Greene County Department of Job and Family Services is mandated to investigat... read more
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Montgomery County Adult Protective Services

1111 S. Edwin Moses Blvd.
Dayton , Ohio  45422
http://www.mcohio.org/services/jobandfamily/services/medicaid/adult_protective_services.html
Monica.Wynn@dayton-ombudsman.org
Phone: 937-225-4906
Phone Extension: N/A
Area(s) Served: Montgomery County Contracted Provider: Not Applicable
Description:   Adult Protective Services (APS) works to ensure the personal safety and well-being of elderly citizens of Montgomery County. They investigate suspected abuse, neglect, self neglect and exploitation of people, primarily age 60 and over. APS st... read more
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Montgomery County Ohio Adult Protective Services


 
http://www.mcohio.org/departments/human_services_education/adult_protective_services.php

Phone: (937) 225-4906
Phone Extension: N/A
Area(s) Served: Montgomery County Contracted Provider: Not Applicable
Description:   Adult Protective Services (APS) works to ensure the personal safety and well-being of elderly citizens of Montgomery County. We investigate suspected abuse, neglect, self neglect and exploitation of people, primarily age 60 and over. APS strives t... read more
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National Center on Elder Abuse


 
http://www.ncea.aoa.gov/

Phone: 1-855-500-3537
Phone Extension: N/A
Area(s) Served: Nationwide Contracted Provider: Not Applicable
Description:   The National Center on Elder Abuse (NCEA), directed by the U.S. Administration on Aging, is committed to helping national, state, and local partners in the field be fully prepared to ensure that older Americans will live with dignity, integrity, inde... read more
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Ohio Domestic Violence Network

4807 Evanswood Drive
Columbus , OH  43229
http://www.odvn.org
info@odvn.org
Phone: (614) 781-9651
Phone Extension: N/A
Area(s) Served: Statewide Contracted Provider: Not Applicable
Description:   The Ohio Domestic Violence Network (ODVN) is a statewide coalition of domestic violence programs, supportive agencies and concerned individuals organizing to ensure the elimination of domestic violence by: providing technical assistance, resources, i... read more
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Ohio HOPES


 
http://www.ohiohopes.org
info@ocapsohio.org
Phone: 1-800-411-2267
Phone Extension: N/A
Area(s) Served: Statewide Contracted Provider: Not Applicable
Description:   OhioHOPES is Ohio's Hub for information to help Older Victims of Crime. Only knowledge and action can protect seniors from abuse, neglect, fraud, or exploitation. On this website you will find resources for crime victims, help for caregivers... read more
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The Ohio Coalition for Adult Protective Services

3528 North High Street
Columbus , Ohio  43214

mcgann@ocapsohio
Phone: 614-316-7796
Phone Extension:
Area(s) Served: Statewide Contracted Provider: Not Applicable
Description:  
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World Elder Abuse Awareness Day


 
http://www.acl.gov/NewsRoom/Observances/WEAAD/index.aspx

Phone: N/A
Phone Extension: N/A
Area(s) Served: Nationwide Contracted Provider: Not Applicable
Description:   World Elder Abuse Awareness Day (WEAAD) was launched on June 15, 2006 by the International Network for the Prevention of Elder Abuse and the World Health Organization at the United Nations. The purpose of WEAAD is to provide an opportunity for commun... read more

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