Abuse Later in Life
Aging with Respect is an intervention addressing elder abuse, neglect and intimate partner violence with those later in life. It is developed for those patients/clients with agency and capacity in non-crisis, non-emergency situations that provides information about healthy and safe relationships, and the impact of unhealthy relationships on health and wellbeing. Topics include financial, emotional, and physical abuse and exploitation, education and prevention strategies, and information on seeking support.
The intervention is designed for doctors, nurses, social workers, counselors, aging services program staff, victim advocates and Adult Protective Services staff during wellness, primary care, social service and counseling visits, health specialty settings (e.g. podiatry etc.), rehab centers, assisted living and senior housing facilities, and aging service programs such as recreational and meal programs.
This intervention and safety card was created by Futures Without Violence in collaboration with National Clearinghouse on Abuse in Later Life.
Resources for Elders:
National Domestic Violence Hotline
The hotline offers free, confidential information and referrals to local programs.
1-800-799-SAFE (1-800-799-7233) TTY 1-800-787-3224 | thehotline.org includes online chat support
StrongHearts Native Helpline
This helpline offers free, confidential service for Native Americans affected by domestic violence.
1-844-7NATIVE (1-844-762-8483) | www.strongheartshelpline.org
This public service of the U.S. Administration on Aging can connect older adults and their families to services.
1-800-677-1116 | www.eldercare.acl.gov
National Adult Protective Services Association
Get help in your area by making a confidential report.
napsa-now.org/get-help/help-in-your-area/ – APS regulations vary from state to state. For information on your local APS offices, please select the state (or territories of Puerto Rico or Guam) for which you wish to obtain information. Many states also host 24-hour-a-day hotlines to accept reports of abuse or neglect.
National Consumer Voice for Quality Long-Term Care
Their Long Term Care Ombudsman program advocates for resident of nursing homes, assisted living facilities, board and care homes, and similar adult care homes; and they are trained to resolve problems and advocate for quality care and the quality of life for residents and consumers in their locality, state or region.
Department of Justice Elder Justice Initiative – Neighborhood Map
This online tool is used to find information and referrals to local services by state and territory.
National Center on Elder Abuse
Provides a list of resources by state as well as a list of Tribal resources.
National Clearinghouse on Abuse in Later Life
Provides information and referrals to local services for survivors and allies.
AARP Elder Watch
Provides information and referrals if you are experiencing financial exploitation
1-800 222-4444 | aarpelderwatch.org
Provides free tools and referrals connecting immigrants to legal help.
immi.org/Info/FindLegalHelp (Spanish and English)
National Immigration Legal Services Directory of the Immigration Advocates Network
Provides free or low-cost immigration legal services
To find an immigration service organization near you: informedimmigrant.com
National Council on Aging
8 Tips for How Seniors Can Protect Themselves from Money Scams
Thank you to Advisory Committee who helped develop this intervention:
Elizabeth Bloemen, MPH, University of Colorado School of Medicine
Bonnie Brandl, National Clearinghouse on Abuse in Later Life (NCALL)
Laura Brown, LCSW, Baptist Memorial Healthcare Memphis, TN
Chic Dabby, Asian Pacific Institute on Gender-Based Violence
Lisa Furr, National Clearinghouse on Abuse in Later Life (NCALL)
Anthony C. Hou, MD, Kaiser Permanente, Los Angeles, CA
Suzanne Kramer-Brenna, MA, MSW, LCSW, CAWS North Dakota
Veronica LoFaso, MD, Weill Cornell Medicine & the NYC Elder Abuse Center
Ferrell Moore, RN, CRN, Baptist Memorial Healthcare, Memphis, TN
Bonnie Olsen, PhD, USC, National Center on Elder Abuse
Steve Tam, MD, University of California, Irvine School of Medicine
Melba A. Hernandez-Tejada, PhD, DHA, Medical University of South Carolina, Charleston, SC