Elder Abuse FAQ's
What is Elder Abuse?
Elder abuse is the abuse or exploitation of a person age 60 or older by family members or caregivers, which
may include physical, emotional, or sexual abuse and/or financial exploitation. In addition to family members
and caregivers, others can perpetuate elder abuse by violence, fraud, and scams.
Who do I call if I think I am a victim of Elder Abuse?
If you believe you are a crime victim, please call 911. The Philadelphia Police Department will investigate, prepare
a report and, where appropriate, arrest the perpetrator.
Is there a fee for the services provided by the Victim/Witness Services Unit?
No. All assistance is provided free of charge.
Supportive services for victims of elder abuse:
Elder Victim/Witness Coordinator
Philadelphia District Attorney's Office
Philadelphia Police Department CARE
(Crimes Against the Retired Elderly) Unit (a division of the Special Victims Unit)
Center for Advocacy for the Rights and Interests of the Elderly (CARIE)
100 S. Broad St.
Philadelphia Corporation for Aging (PCA)
642 N. Broad St.