Office of Children and Family Services

Adult Protective Services

The Abusers

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:

Physical Abuse

2012 2011
Males 69.23% 58.33%
Females 30.77% 36.67%
Unspecified 0% .05%
Family Members 53.85% 55.00%
Spouse/Sig. Other 32.69% 30.00%
Non-Family 13.46% 15.00%

Psychological Abuse

2012 2011
Males 62.67% 51.90%
Females 33.33% 46.84%
Unspecified 4.00% 1.27%
Family Members 60.00% 63.29%
Spouse/Sig. Other 21.33% 22.78%
Non-Family 18.67% 13.92%

Neglect By Others

2012 2011
Males 44.90% 45.19%
Females 47.45% 47.70%
Unspecified 7.65% 7.11%
Family Members 65.82% 70.29%
Spouse/Sig. Other 20.41% 12.97%
Non-Family 13.78% 16.74%

Financial Exploitation

2012 2011
Males 47.73% 40.32%
Females 43.20% 50.23%
Unspecified 9.06% 9.45%
Family Members 58.31% 59.91%
Spouse/Sig. Other 5.74% 4.61%
Non-Family 35.95% 35.48%

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.