If you are being hurt, call police immediately! Dial 9-1-1
If you suspect that an elderly person is being abused or neglected, you can help. Call the 24-hour Virginia Adult Protective Services Hotline at 888-832-3858 – All calls are confidential. You may remain anonymous and do not need absolute proof to report suspected abuse.
Elder abuse may include one or more of the following:
- Physical Abuse – the use of physical force that may result in bodily injury, physical pain, or impairment.
- Sexual Abuse – non-consensual sexual contact of any kind. Sexual contact with any person incapable of giving consent is also considered sexual abuse.
- Emotional or Psychological Abuse – the infliction of anguish, pain, or distress through verbal or nonverbal acts such as ridiculing values or spiritual beliefs, threats, intimidation, guilt and blame.
- Neglect – the refusal or failure to fulfill any part of a person’s obligations or duties to an elder such as abusing dependence. Neglect may also include failure of a person who has fiscal responsibilities to provide care for an elder (e.g., pay for necessary home care services) or the failure on the part of an in-home service provider to provide necessary care.
- Abandonment – the desertion of an elderly person by an individual who has assumed responsibility for providing care for an elder, or by a person with physical custody of an elder.
- Financial or Material Exploitation – the illegal or improper use of an elder’s funds, property, or assets.
- Self Neglect – the behavior of an elderly person that threatens his/her own health or safety. Self-neglect generally manifests itself in an older person as a refusal or failure to provide himself/herself with adequate food, water, clothing, shelter, personal hygiene, medication (when indicated), and safety precautions.