Frequently Asked Questions Directory:

- What is Elder Abuse?
- What constitutes Elder Abuse?
- Who do I call if I suspect Elder or Dependent Adult Abuse?
- When did the Elder Abuse Forensic Center open?
- Where is the Elder Abuse Forensic Center located?
- Why was the Elder Abuse Forensic Center created?
- What is the Elder Abuse Forensic Center?
- What agencies comprise the Elder Abuse Forensic Center?
- What is the purpose of the Elder Abuse Forensic Center?
- What services does the Elder Abuse Forensic Center offer?
- Who supports the Elder Abuse Forensic Center?


Q:     What is Elder Abuse?
A:     Elder and dependent adult abuse is the abuse, mistreatment, or neglect of an elderly person or disabled adult.


Q:     What constitutes Elder Abuse?
A:     Elder and dependent adult abuse may include neglect, self-neglect, physical abuse, sexual abuse, emotional or verbal abuse or financial abuse. Victims of elder abuse include adults 65 years of age and over and dependent adults 18-64 years of age who are physically, developmentally, or emotionally disabled.


Q:     Who do I call if I suspect Elder or Dependent Adult Abuse?
A:     If you suspect elder abuse in Orange County, CA you should call Adult Protective Services’ toll free phone number at 1-800-451-5155. Emergency response is available 24 hours a day. If it is a life-threatening situation call the police/sheriff’s department at 911. Outside Orange County, CA – If you suspect elder abuse, neglect or exploitation, please call the national Elder care locator, a public service of the U.S. Administration on Aging at 1-800-677-1116. In case of emergency, call your local police station or 911. Click for location-specific information.


Q:     When did the Elder Abuse Forensic Center open?
A:     The Center opened in May of 2003.


Q:     Where is the Elder Abuse Forensic Center located?
A:     Santa Ana, California (County of Orange)


Q:     Why was the Elder Abuse Forensic Center created?
A:     Each year, approximately 2 million American seniors are abused, neglected, or exploited. In Orange County, Adult Protective Services receives 500 reports of abuse each month. For every report of abuse, five go unreported, indicating that more than 30,000 of our County's most vulnerable adults endure elder abuse each year. The Elder Abuse Forensic Center is changing the way elder abuse cases are prosecuted through an unprecedented collaborative process.


Q:     What is the Elder Abuse Forensic Center?
A:     The Elder Abuse Forensic Center is staffed by professionals from legal, medical, social services, and law enforcement agencies who conduct case reviews; in-home medical and mental status, and evidentiary investigation; taped victim interviews; education; consultation; and research.


Q:     What agencies comprise the Elder Abuse Forensic Center?
A:     The Center is comprised of the following 9 agencies: UCI College of Medicine, Geriatrics, Adult Protective Services, Office of the District Attorney, Sheriff's Department, Public Administrator/Public Guardian, Community Service Programs, Long-Term Care Ombudsman, Older Adult Services, and Human Options


Q:     What is the purpose of the Elder Abuse Forensic Center?
A:     The purpose of the Center is to:
  • Prevent and combat the abuse, neglect, and exploitation of at-risk older and disabled adults in our local community through the collaboration of professionals in law, medicine, and social services.
  • Educate professionals who deal with the crime of elder abuse including law enforcement, the medical community, social services, the legal community, government officials and investigative agencies, academic institutions, as well as older adults and their families regarding effective prevention and prosecution.
  • Advance the awareness of elder abuse through research on abuse and neglect of at-risk older and disabled adults.
  • Create a new standard for interventions that are effective in combating and preventing mistreatment of older adults.

Q:     What services does the Elder Abuse Forensic Center offer?
A:     The Elder Abuse Forensic Center offers a number of services including: multi-agency team case review and action plans, in-home medical and mental status evaluations, in-home evidentiary investigation, taped victim interviews, education, training and consultation. All coordinated services ultimately provide assistance to seniors and adults with disabilities who have been abused or neglected.


Q:     Who supports the Elder Abuse Forensic Center?
A:     The Elder Abuse Forensic Center is made possible through a grant from the Archstone Foundation and the in-kind contribution of the 9 agencies it houses. The Archstone Foundation is a private grantmaking organization, with a mission to contribute toward the preparation of society in meeting the needs of an aging population. Its resources are used to help all generations plan for the aging process and support programs addressing the needs of the elderly in three areas: healthy aging and independence, quality of life within institutions, and end of life issues.



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