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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, or

Kathy Van Olst, Senior Deputy Prosecuting Attorney

SAVE THE DATE!  October 29, 2013

Improving Our Response to Neglect and Self-Neglect
Washington State's 10th Annual Conference on Abuse of Elders and Adults with Disabilities

Featured Presenters:

  • Mark Lachs, M.D., M.P.H., Professor of Medicine and Co-Chief of the Division of Geriatrics and Gerontology at Weill Medical College of Cornell University: "Elder Neglect and Elder Self-Neglect: A Geriatrician's Perspective."

  • Diana Homeier, M.D., Associate Professor of Internal Medicine and Family Medicine at the Keck School of Medicine at USC; and Kathleen H. Wilber, Ph.D., University of Southern California Mary Pickford Foundation Professor of Gerontology: "The Forensics of Neglect: Lessons from a Multidisciplinary Team Approach."

  • Andrew Penn, J.D., Trial Attorney at U.S. Department of Justice, Civil Division, Commercial Litigation Branch, Fraud Section: "Prosecution of Failure of Care in Long Term Care Facilities Under the False Claims Act."

Breakout sessions include: Impact of Frailty and Dementia on Potential for Elder Abuse and Neglect, Neglect and Pressure Ulcers, Assessing Capacity in Neglect and Self-Neglect, Medicolegal Investigation of Deaths in Elders, Elder Abuse Forensic Centers, Neglect or Self-Neglect - A Panel Discussion, and Adult Family Home Neglect Criminal Prosecution Case Study.

To Register click here
Conference registration fee is $90.00