Adult Protective Services


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

Our Services
How We Help
Who Should Report Suspected Abuse, Neglect or Exploitation
Cost of Services
Adult Protective Services’ Goals
What Adult Protective Services Mandated Reporters Need to Know

 

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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