World Elder Abuse Awareness Day (WEAAD) is June 15th 


Did you know that every day 10,000 people turn 65 in the United States? Our demographics are shifting and we will soon have more older adults in the U.S. than ever before. Every year, an estimated 5 million older Americans are victims of elder abuse, neglect, or exploitation and that's only part of the picture. According to the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine, an estimated 93% of elder abuse cases go unreported each year.

World Elder Abuse Awareness Day (WEAAD) serves as a call-to-action for individuals, organizations, and communities to raise awareness about the abuse, neglect, and exploitation of older adults. 

What is Elder Abuse?

Elder abuse refers to intentional or negligent acts by a caregiver or trusted individual that causes harm to a vulnerable elder. Elder abuse takes many forms, including neglect, physical abuse, sexual abuse, financial abuse and exploitation, emotional or psychological abuse and neglect (including verbal abuse and threats), abandonment, and self-neglect. 


Who is at Risk?

Elder abuse can occur anywhere - in the home, in nursing homes, or other institutions. It affects seniors across all socioeconomic groups, cultures, and races. 

Reporting Suspected Elder Abuse in the Home or Community
Adult Protective Services (APS)
 APS investigates allegations of abuse, neglect, self-neglect, or exploitation of an older or disabled vulnerable adult in a community-based setting. For more information, or to report suspected abuse, call: 410-767-7000, 1-800-917-7383 toll free, or
Governor's Office of Crime Control and Prevention (GOCCP)
The GOCCP provides community-based services to victims of domestic violence. For more information about services available to victims of domestic violence, contact the GOCCP at 410-821-2828, toll-free 1-877-687-9004, or at 

Maryland Network Against Domestic Violence (MNADV)
The MNADV is a coalition of domestic violence programs, law enforcement agencies, and concerned citizens. For more information on the coalition’s mission and services contact MNADV at 301- 429-3601, toll free 1-800-MD-HELPS, or at


Reporting Suspected Elder Abuse in a Nursing Home or Assisted Living Facility

Maryland Department of Aging, Long-Term Care Ombudsman Program (LTCOP)
The LTCOP receives, investigates, and resolves complaints made by or on behalf of residents living in nursing homes and 
assisted living facilities. For more information, or to report suspected abuse, contact the Maryland Department of Aging 410-767-1100
1-800-243-3425 toll free, or

Maryland Attorney General's Office, Medicaid Fraud Control Unit (MFCU)
MFCU investigates and prosecutes incidents of abuse and neglect of vulnerable persons who receive Medicaid and reside in assisted living or other long-term care facilities. Each referral is reviewed and either investigated for criminal prosecution or referred to the appropriate regulatory agency. For more information on protecting seniors from abuse and neglect, call 410-576-6521 or email
Maryland Department of Health, Office of Healthcare Quality (OHCQ)
OHCQ receives allegations of abuse and neglect regarding residents/patients in all licensed and/or federally certified facilities. For more information about OHCQ programs, or to report suspected abuse, call 410-402-8108 or visit  

Local offices across the state of Maryland are 
hosting events on elder abuse and prevention.   

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