What to do if you suspect elder abuse
Each one of us has a responsibility to keep vulnerable elders safe from harm. If the danger is immediate, call the police or 911 if someone you know is in immediate, life-threatening danger. If the danger is not immediate, but you suspect that abuse has occurred or is occurring, please tell someone. Relay your concerns to the local adult protective services, long-term care ombudsman, or police. The U.S. Administration on Aging can refer you to a local agency that can help: 1-800-677-1116.
Fighting elder abuse
The District Attorney’s Offices of Santa Barbara, Ventura and Los Angeles Counties each fight elder abuse. The Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Elder Abuse Section has specially trained prosecutors and victim advocates working closely with law enforcement and service providers to stop elder abuse and hold abusers accountable. The advocates also help rebuild lives and prevent further harm to elders and dependent adults suffering from physical abuse and neglect and financial abuse. The Los Angeles County D.A. has a helpful brochure about elder abuse available online: http://da.lacounty.gov/pdf/elderabuseadvocacy.pdf.
For particular help, you may call Assistance Ministry at (213) 637-7650.