Adult Protective Services


Adult Protective Services protects older adults and incapacitated adults from abuse, neglect or exploitation.

 

Our Services:

We investigate reports of abuse, neglect or exploitation involving adults who are:

  • 18 years or older and incapacitated
  • 60 years or older

These adults may live in their own homes, with relatives or in nursing homes, assisted living facilities, hospitals, or group homes.

How We Help:

  • We receive and investigate reports of abuse, neglect or exploitation of adults.
  • We receive and investigate reports of adults "at risk" of abuse, neglect or exploitation.
  • We assess for service needs and determine whether the adult in question needs protective services.
  • We may provide case management services.

Who Should Report Suspected Abuse, Neglect or Exploitation?

  • Anyone can report a suspected incident of abuse, neglect or exploitation.
  • Reporting just takes a phone call.
  • State law requires that the identity of people who report suspected abuse, neglect or exploitation be kept strictly confidential.
  • Reporters are immune from any civil or criminal liability unless they act in bad faith or with a malicious purpose.
  • Some people are required by law to immediately report suspected abuse, neglect and exploitation. Find out more about state mandated reporters.

Cost of Service:

  • Adult Protective Services is a free service.

The Goals of Adult Protective Services are to:

  • Protect older adults and incapacitated adults from abuse, neglect or exploitation.
  • Prevent abuse, neglect or exploitation of older adults and incapacitated adults.
  • Help older and incapacitated adults continue to live in their own homes as long as possible.
  • Help older and incapacitated adults find appropriate placements in nursing homes or other institutions only when necessary.
  • Help older adults and incapacitated adults become as self-sufficient as possible.

If you suspect abuse, neglect or exploitation call:

Purple Ribbon

 Adult Protective Services
703-324-7450
TTY 711
24 hours a day
7 days a week

 

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