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Victims of Elder Abuse

Elder abuse is the abuse or exploitation of a person aged 60 or older by family members or caregivers, including:

  • Physical abuse - hitting, pushing, biting, kicking
  • Emotional abuse - harassment, threats, intimidation
  • Financial exploitation - theft of monthly checks, abuse of power of attorney
  • Sexual abuse - any sexual contact without consent
  • Neglect - deprived of food, clothing, shelter, or medical care

In addition to family members and caregivers, others can perpetrate elder abuse in the following ways:

  • Violent crimes - home invasions, robbery, assault, carjacking
  • Frauds and scams - home repair scams, telemarketing scams, door to door sales, free prize offers, and real estate scams

The Philadelphia District Attorney's Office has a designated Victim/Witness Coordinator who specializes in serving victims of crime who are 60 years of age or older.

The Elder Victim/Witness Coordinator provides supportive services to older victims as their cases move through the criminal justice system including:

  • Explanation of court and police procedures
  • Communication with the District Attorney's Office
  • Accompaniment to court
  • Assistance filing for victims’ compensation
  • Assistance coordinating transportation to and from court
  • Referrals to appropriate resources