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Protective Services

Protective services are those activities, resources or supports provided to older adults under the Older Adults Protective Services Act.

Services can include but are not limited to: 

  • legal services
  • personal care services
  • financial management
  • emergency shelter
  • transportation or meals

The local Area Agency on Aging can also provide information to help protect yourself from fraud, abuse, and neglect.

For more information on elder abuse or to report suspected elder abuse, you may call the Department of Aging Hotline at 800-490-8505. All calls are free and confidential.

You may also want to talk to an advocate in a Victim Service Program in your county. Advocates provide free services to you and can help make things easier to understand. You may still be able to receive services, even if you did not report the crime to police. The advocates are available to answer your questions and provide supportive counseling, if you would like to talk to someone about what has happened.

As an elderly victim of crime, you have the same rights within the criminal and juvenile system as all victims do. You are eligible to submit a compensation claim for reimbursement of any out-of-pocket expenses you may have as a result of a crime.

For more information on filing a claim, please see the Victims Compensation Assistance Program on this website.