Senior Abuse

The office is committed to protecting seniors from abuse of any kind, including physical abuse and neglect. Please see the links below for information on identifying abuse and what to do to find help to report physical and other abuse. 

Report Senior Abuse or Neglect

If a vulnerable adult is being harmed in any way, either by the actions of other people or through self-neglect, contact:

In an emergency: 9-1-1 or the police
For non-emergency physical abuse: (877) SOS-ADULT or (877) 767-2385 - Adult Protective Services (APS)
  (602) 264-HELP or (602) 264-4357 - Area Agency on Aging 24hr Helpline
  (844) 894-4735 or (602) 542-2124 Attorney General's TASA Helpline
For financial exploitation: (844) 894-4735 or (602) 542-2124 Attorney General's TASA Helpline

Types of Abuse:

Physical: Any injury or physical condition that impairs health or welfare. Some signs of physical abuse may include: bruises, cuts, wounds, sudden change in behavior, or caregiver's refusal to allow visitors alone with senior. 

Emotional: A pattern of ridiculing or using demeaning remarks or making threats to inflict physical or emotional harm. Some signs of emotional abuse may include: intimidating, threatening, humiliating, and giving them the silent treatment.

Sexual: Any type of non-consensual sexual contact with an elderly person. Some signs of sexual abuse may include: unexplained depression, fear or paranoia, discomfort or anxiety around certain people, or unexplained injuries. 

Financial: The illegal or improper use of a vulnerable adult or his/her financial resources for another's profit or advantage. Some examples of financial abuse may include: the taking of money or property; forging a signature; getting a senior to sign a deed, will or power of attorney through deception; coercion or undue influence; or, illegally or improperly adding names to bank accounts or safety deposit boxes. 

Neglect: Deprivation of food, water, medication, medical services, shelter, cooling, heating or other services necessary to maintain minimum physical or mental health. Some signs of neglect may include: unclean living spaces, lack of hygiene, or no food or water in the house. 

Join over 950 citizens and care professionals and take the "I WILL" pledge to do everything you can to prevent and report senior abuse and exploitation through the Maricopa Elder Abuse Prevention Alliance

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