Elderly Man:  What is Elder Abuse 

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Every year, over a million elderly Americans experience abuse in their own homes, in relatives’ homes, and even in facilities responsible for their care. You may suspect that an elderly person you know is being harmed physically or emotionally by a neglectful or overwhelmed caregiver or being preyed upon financially. Financial abuse and exploitation is possibly most underreported form of elder abuse. Perpetrators operate unscrupulous telemarketing scams out of countries such as Nigeria, Russia, Bosnia defraud the elderly out of billions of dollars. By learning the signs and symptoms of elder abuse and how to act on behalf of an elderly person who is being abused, you will not only be helping someone else but also strengthening your own defenses against elder abuse in the future.

State Government Agencies

Laws and Regulations Help Lines and Hotlines
  • Elder Abuse: Domestic/Community
    1-800-322-2880 or (401) 462-0550
  • Nursing Home Abuse/Long Term Care
    (401) 785-3340
  • Rhode Island Domestic Violence Hotline



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