What types of elder abuse are there?
Abuse of elders takes many different forms that include:
Signs of Abuse:
Signs and symptoms of abuse can vary. At first, some signs may be very obvious while others may be more subtle and hard to recognize. Older people living with abuse may be afraid or embarrassed to talk about it. But if you keep your eyes open and know what to look for, you can help make sure your friends and loved ones stay safe. Signs of abuse can be present through an increase in abnormal behavior expressed by the elder such as increased anxiety, seclusion and contact avoidance. More visible signs of abuse can be present with physical marks like bruises and skin wounds. Signs of elder abuse can be challenging at times to clearly identify, however, any suspicion of abuse should be reported immediately even if the signs are unclear.
How to report Elder Abuse:
If you suspect that an elderly person is at risk, whether that be from a caregiver that is not able or willing to meet their needs, or they are being preyed upon financially or emotionally, it’s important to speak up. Anyone can report elder abuse and every community in Massachusetts is covered by a designated Protective Service Agency that look into situations that meet the criteria for abuse or neglect.
To file a complaint you are urged to use the Massachusetts Central Intake Unit at 1-800-922-2275.
All reports will be referred to and handled by the local Protective Service Agency.
The Central Intake Unit is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week
If you would like to report suspected abuse online, you can do so by following the enclosed link here: To Report Online
It is important to note that all calls are confidential and we do not release information on who our referral sources are.