Rights and Protections


The U.S. Census Bureau estimates 22% of Maryland's population will be 60 years old or older by 2030, a 26% increase from 2012. Sadly, many older adults in Maryland become victims of crimes ranging from A.I. phone scams to patient abuse in nursing homes. 

The most common types of elder abuse​ include,

    • ​Physical Abuse​
    • Emotional Abuse​
    • Neglect
    • Abandonment
    • Sexual Abuse
    • ​Financial Abuse
There are resources available for reporting cases of fraud and abuse in Maryland. These resources provide crucial information on how and where to report such cases, which can help combat these issues. ​

Older Adult Abuse Prevention 

Educates older adults and their caregivers about the various forms of abuse, how to prevent abuse, and what to do if someone becomes a victim of a crime. 

Elder Abuse Task Force

Effective July 1, 2023 through June 30, 2025, the Elder Abuse Task Force has been directed to study existing laws, policies, and practices relating to elder abuse and other crimes commonly committed against older adults and make recommendations regarding changes to State law, policy, and practice that would aid in preventing elder abuse.

Older Adult Financial Exploitation

Provides information about the financial exploitation of older and vulnerable adults, including how to educate seniors and caregivers about financial abuse prevention.

Learn the top scams targeting older adults, how to prevent scams and fraud, know the signs and risk factors, and how to report scams and fraud.​
Protection and advocacy for older adults deemed by a court of law that lack the capacity to make responsible decisions concerning their daily living needs.

Information and access to legal advice, counseling, and representation for protecting rights, and resolving consumer issues, including evictions.

Human Trafficking GET HELP

National Human Trafficking Hotline - 24/7 Confidential

1-888-373-7888 233733 More Information on human trafficking in Maryland

Customer Service Promise

The State of Maryland pledges to provide constituents, businesses, customers, and stakeholders with friendly and courteous, timely and responsive, accurate and consistent, accessible and convenient, and truthful and transparent services.

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Help Stop Fraud in State Government

The Maryland General Assembly’s Office of Legislative Audits operates a toll-free fraud hotline to receive allegations of fraud and/or abuse of State government resources. Information reported to the hotline in the past has helped to eliminate certain fraudulent activities and protect State resources.

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