Report Suspected Abuse
To report suspected abuse: Call 1-800-917-7383, 24 hours a day, from anywhere within the state of MD or click here to find the number to your local Department of Social Services, Adult Protective Services office
Adult Protective Services (APS) is a program that serves adults, 18 and over, who are in a situation of vulnerability and either at risk of, or experiencing exploitation and harm. They investigate situations of suspected abuse and provide professional services designed to protect the well being of vulnerable adults. There are a variety of types of abuse and neglect that warrant a report being made to Adult Protective Services:
- Physical Abuse – inflicting physical pain or injury on a senior, e.g. slapping, bruising, or restraining by physical or chemical means.
- Sexual Abuse – non-consensual sexual contact of any kind.
- Neglect – the failure by those responsible to provide food, shelter, health care, or protection for a vulnerable elder.
- Exploitation – the illegal taking, misuse, or concealment of funds, property, or assets of a senior for someone else’s benefit.
- Emotional Abuse – inflicting mental pain, anguish, or distress on an elder person through verbal or nonverbal acts, e.g. humiliating, intimidating, or threatening.
- Abandonment – desertion of a vulnerable elder by anyone who has assumed the responsibility for care or custody of that person.
- Self-Neglect – characterized as the failure of a person to perform essential, self-care tasks and that such failure threatens his/her own health or safety.
(taken from the Administration on Aging- National Center on Elder Abuse’s website, for more information, click here)