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Elder and Vulnerable Adult Abuse


If you are a senior in need of civil legal services, call the CLEAR*Sr hotline: 1-888-387-7111

More information about the CLEAR Hotline


The following agencies can provide more information on the subject of elder and vulnerable adult abuse:

The Clearinghouse on Abuse and Neglect of the Elderly (CANE)  (external link), located at the University of Delaware Center for Community Research and Service, is the nation's largest computerized and searchable catalog of elder abuse literature.


The National Center on Elder Abuse (NCEA) (external link), directed by the U.S. Administration on Aging, is committed to helping national, state, and local partners in the field be fully prepared to ensure that older Americans will live with dignity, integrity, independence, and without abuse, neglect, and exploitation. The NCEA is a resource for policy makers, social service and health care practitioners, the justice system, researchers, advocates, and families.


The National Committee for the Prevention of Elder Abuse (NCPEA) (external link) is an association of researchers, practitioners, educators, and advocates dedicated to protecting the safety, security, and dignity of America's most vulnerable citizens. It was established in 1988 to achieve a clearer understanding of abuse and provide direction and leadership to prevent it. The Committee is one of six partners that make up the National Center on Elder Abuse (listed above), which is funded by Congress to serve as the nation's clearinghouse on information and materials on abuse and neglect. 


Elders and Families a section of the Administration on Aging (external link), website, is designed to assist older persons and their caregivers quickly obtain information and resources on a variety of aging-related topics. The information will help you become more familiar with issues affecting older adults, and the services and opportunities available to assist them.


The Aging and Long-Term Support Administration  (external link) (a division of the Washington State Department of Social and Health Services – DSHS) assists children and adults with developmental delays or disabilities, cognitive impairment, chronic illness and related functional disabilities to gain access to needed services and supports by managing a system of long-term care and supportive services that are high quality, cost effective, and responsive to individual needs and preferences.


The Office of Fraud and Accountability (external link) (a division of the Washington State Department of Social and Health Services – DSHS) has delegated authority to conduct investigations related to allegations of fraud within programs administered by the Department of Social and Health Services. Investigations focus on Welfare eligibility issues and Vendor Fraud. Investigators coordinate with staff at the Community Services Offices statewide; with county prosecutors; and with local, state, federal, and international law enforcement agencies when necessary.

Photo by Jessica Merz, courtesy of Creative Commons.

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