To report adult abuse, call (within New York State only):1-844-697-3505 or
contact the local county Department of Social Services Adult Protective Services.
Sadly, the neglect and mistreatment of adults happens most by family members. New York State APS data documents that over half of the reported cases of physical abuse, emotional abuse, neglect by others, and financial exploitation involve family members as perpetrators.
Here are the reported aggregate characteristics of suspected perpetrators under the following categories:
Neglect By Others
Footnote: The Trend Continues: Family Members Comprise Largest Percentage of Perpetrators, Alan J. Lawitz, Director, NYS OCFS, Bureau of Adult Services, What's New In Adult Services, 2013). According to the National Elder Abuse Incidence Study of 1998, 47 percent of abusers were adult children of the victims. This is followed by 19 percent spouse, 9 percent each for grandchildren or other relative, 6 percent each friend/neighbor/sibling, 3 percent in-home service provider, and 1 percent out of home service provider.
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