Get Help for Elder Abuse

Elder abuse is more common than we like to think. Elders are often more dependent, more isolated, and may have difficulty understanding and communicating. This makes them an easy target of abuse. LGBTQI+ elders may further suffer abuse because of sexual and/or gender identities and expression. Sadly, abusers may be family, caregivers, employees, friends and/or neighbors. If you are an elder experiencing abuse or if you suspect that an elder is being abused, please reach out to GET HELP.

Elder abuse takes many forms:

  • Physical attacks, e.g., hitting, pushing
  • Verbal/emotional abuse, e.g., name calling, intimidating, criticizing
  • Neglect, e.g., denying medications, not feeding or bathing, being left alone, isolating, unreasonable confinement
  • Exploitation, e.g., stealing money, jewelry, credit cards, persuading or forcing an elder to sign papers that gives the abuser power of attorney, ownership of home, access to bank accounts
  • Sexual abuse or sexual assault

The University of Arizona Center on Aging
This UA resources offers highly informative fact sheets on elder abuse and more.


If you are in immediate danger: CALL 911

Administration of Resources and Choices (ARC)
Services for older adults, including domestic violence and emergency shelter.
Crisis Line: 520-339-2801
Information: 520-623-9383

Adult Protective Services in Arizona
Crisis Line: 877-767-2385
Fill out the APS report online

SAAF Anti-Violence Project (AVP)
Serving LGBTQIA survivors of abuse and violence.
24-hour Crisis Line: 520-624-0348 (Bilingual)
OR 1-800-553-9387

EMERGE! Center Against Domestic Abuse
24-hour Crisis Line: 520-795-4266 (Bilingual)
OR 888-428-0101 (toll free)

Pima Council On Aging (PCOA)
Helpline: 520-790-7262

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