Report Nursing Home Abuse

reporting of elder abuse

What to Do If You Suspect Abuse

Abuse is a crime. Everyone who witnesses abuse is obligated under the law to report the crime. Reasons why suspected abuse, neglect or exploitation should be reported:

  • Victimization of elders is illegal
  • To protect the elder’s rights
  • To prevent further abuse of the victim or other seniors
  • To bring perpetrators to justice
  • To provide compensation to those victimized
  • In the case of death, to provide compensation to those affected by elder abuse

How to Report Elder Abuse

  • For serious, threatening, or dangerous abuse, call 911 or the local police for immediate assistance.
  • Call Adult Protective Service agency to file a complaint. To locate the APS agency near you, call toll-free 1-800-677-1116. This number is available from Monday through Friday 9 AM-8 PM (except U.S. federal holidays). Or, visit for an agency near you.
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