Adult Protective Services

The Victims

To report adult abuse, call (within New York State only):1-844-697-3505 or
contact the local county Department of Social Services Adult Protective Services.

Adult and elder abuse exists across all demographic and geographic boundaries. Victims of adult abuse include the frail elderly, the developmentally disabled, the mentally ill, the physically disabled, and substance abusers. Anyone can become a victim of abuse, regardless of age, gender, financial status, or background.

In 1996, females were 57.6% of the population over age 60, while men were 42.4%.  Females were more likely to be victims of abuse, except abandonment, and are over represented as victims.

Adult abuse is often a "hidden" problem, partly because the victims fail to report abuse and mistreatment:

  • Guilt, shame, and love prevent the abuse from being reported when the abuser is a friend or family member
  • Fear of retaliation from the accused abuser
  • Perceived lack of a safer alternative to the current living situation
  • Impairments may make it impossible for the victim to seek help for themselves
  • Victims may not know where or how to seek help, and are often isolated
  • Victims fear the loss of a caregiver -- even an abusive one

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