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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 elder 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
Elder Abuse FAQ
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.

Elder Support Services

Elder Victim/Witness Coordinator
Philadelphia District Attorney's Office
(215) 686-8035
DA.Elder.VW@phila.gov

Philadelphia Police Department CARE
Crimes Against the Retired Elderly Unit (a division of the Special Victims Unit)
215-685-3265

Center for Advocacy for the Rights and Interests of the Elderly (CARIE)
Two Penn Center
1500 JFK Blvd , Suite 1500
(215) 545-5728
www.carie.org

Philadelphia Corporation for Aging (PCA)
642 N. Broad St.
Philadelphia, PA
(215) 765-9040
www.pcacares.org

SeniorLAW Center

Two Penn Center
1500 JFK Blvd , Suite 1501
(215) 988-1242
www.seniorlawcenter.org