Adult Protective Services (APS)
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How to Report Adult Abuse

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APS investigates reports of abuse, neglect, and exploitation of adults 60 years of age or older and incapacitated adults age 18 or older. If protective services are needed and accepted by the individual, local Adult Protective Services social workers may arrange for a wide variety of health, housing, social and legal services to stop the mistreatment or prevent further mistreatment. Services offered may include home-based care, transportation, adult day services, adult foster care, nutrition services and legal intervention in order to protect the adult. Services may also be arranged for individuals in emergency situations who lack the capacity to consent to services.

To report suspected adult abuse, neglect or exploitation, call your local department of social services or the 24-hour, toll-free Adult Protective Services hotline at: (888) 832-3858.

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Adult Abuse Prevention Month

image of a red square resembling a bullet About Adult Abuse Prevention Month

Each year, thousands of older adults and individuals with a disability are mistreated by family members, by caregivers and by others responsible for their well-being. The materials below describe the signs of adult abuse, neglect and exploitation and provide information on how you can report suspicions of abuse. Organizations and individuals may use these handouts, fliers and resource materials to educate their communities about recognizing, reporting and raising public awareness about the abuse, neglect, and exploitation of older adults and persons with disabilities.

This information is distributed through the collaborative efforts of the Virginia Department of Social Services, Virginia Coalition for the Prevention of Elder Abuse, the Department for Aging and Rehabilitative Services and other agencies and organizations. The materials listed below may be duplicated and distributed as needed.

In fiscal year 2012, Virginia Adult Protective Services (APS) received almost 20,000 reports of adult abuse, neglect, or exploitation. Over 9,000 of these reports were substantiated. However the 2011 report, "Under the Radar: New York State Elder Abuse Prevalence Study," indicated that for every elder abuse case reported to authorities nearly 24 cases go unreported. Please take a moment to read the Adult Abuse Prevention Month materials and find out how you can improve the safety and well-being of elderly individuals and adults with disabilities throughout the Commonwealth.

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