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Prosecuting Attorney's Office

Daniel T. Satterberg

King County Prosecuting Attorney's Office
King County Courthouse, Room W554
516 Third Avenue
Seattle, WA 98104-2362
(206) 296-9000


Elder and Vulnerable Adult Abuse

If you suspect that a crime against a vulnerable adult is occurring or has occurred, you should do two things:

  1. Report the crime to the police by calling 911; and

  2. Report the crime to DSHS:

    • Call 1-800-562-6078 if the crime occurred in an adult family home (AFH), assisted living facility (ALF), nursing home, or in a certified community residential (supported living) setting (CRS/SL).

    • Call 1-866-221-4909 if the crime occurred anywhere besides an adult family home (AFH), assisted living facility (ALF), nursing home, or in a certified community residential (supported living) setting (CRS/SL).

When in doubt, please report.

In response to the rapidly increasing elderly population in King County, and to increases in crimes against vulnerable adults, our office has created a unit trained to address the special circumstances inherent in these cases. Our Elder Abuse team addresses the abuse of vulnerable adults, a population that includes disabled adults as well as the elderly. Our goals are three-fold:

  • to prosecute cases of neglect, financial exploitation and sexual assault of the elderly and disabled;

  • to work collaboratively with police, social service agencies, and medical professionals to improve the referral, investigation, and, ultimately, prosecution of cases of abuse and neglect of vulnerable adults;

  • and, to provide training to first responders so they can better recognize and react to such cases.

If you have questions about our Elder Abuse Team, contact:

Page Ulrey, Senior Deputy Prosecuting Attorney


SAVE THE DATE!  October 30, 2014

Taking a Closer Look:
Financial Exploitation of Elders and Adults with Disabilities

Keynote Speakers:

  • Dr. Jason Karlawish is a Professor of Medicine, Medical Ethics and Health Policy, and Senior Fellow of the Leonard Davis Institute of Health Economics at the University of Pennsylvania. He developed the Assessment of Capacity for Everyday Decision-making (ACED), an instrument to assist in judging a person's capacity to manage their functional deficits that has been adopted by providers in care management and adult protective services. He will present on the topic of capacity assessment as it relates to financial exploitation of elders and adults with disabilities.

  • Robert Canino is the Regional Attorney for the Dallas District Office for the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. He will present on the lawsuit he brought on behalf of the EEOC involving the exploitation of 32 men with intellectual disabilities who suffered physical, mental and financial abuse for more than 30 years in Atalissa, Iowa. This case was featured in a recent article in The New York Times entitled "The Boys in the Bunkhouse."

Other sessions include: capacity, fiduciary duty, and undue influence from the perspective of a civil attorney, forensic accounting, investigation of financial crimes, current trends in financial scams, a unique approach to guardianship monitoring, as well as elder financial criminal trial case presentations.

To Register, click here.

Conference registration fee is $90.00.

Click here for more information.