Adult Protective Services
To report adult abuse, call (within New York State only): 1-800-342-3009 (Press Option 6) or
contact the local county Department of Social Services Adult Protective Services.
Abuse is a problem we all seem to be aware of when it comes to children, the use of dangerous substances, or the ways in which decisions made can lead to suffering, pain, and loss for ourselves or those around us.
But what about Adult & Elder Abuse?
When we talk about adult and elder abuse, we're talking about family. Your family, my family, the family next door, the family across town. Someone you know might be suffering from physical, emotional, or sexual abuse. The kindly neighbor next door who trims your hedges might be a victim of financial exploitation by a family member, caretaker, or other close associate.
One out of every 14 Americans over the age of 60 may be suffering from some sort of abuse. And for each case of elder abuse reported, five more cases go unreported. It's hard to imagine that those who have protected and cared for us for all these years may now need our care and protection, but it's true.
New York State's Protective Services for Adults program, provided through local county departments of social services, has been created by law to aid in the protection of impaired adults over the age of 18 who may be falling victim to abuse.
We are here to aid and protect, but it all begins with you. Protective Services for Adults can do nothing to help if they are not notified. Please review this web site for further information and instruction on how you can help curb adult abuse, and think about your responsibilities for protecting and caring for your loved ones and neighbors the next time you suspect adult abuse in your family or community.
This web site is designed to provide information on Protective Services for Adults to the Human Services community and the general public in New York State. Its purpose is to educate the community service network on recognizing and responding to adult abuse, neglect and financial exploitation issues and understanding the role of local district Protective Services for Adults staff in responding to these issues.
PSA clients are among the most debilitated and neglected members of the community: the frail elderly, the mentally ill, the developmentally disabled and the abused and exploited. These persons are often not known to any agency or have refused services and are isolated from family and friends. The need to provide help for these individuals will continue to grow as our population ages and family ties become strained by distance and the burden of chronic illness.