Abuse Prevention

Abuse, neglect, and exploitation of elders and other vulnerable adults are problems that often remain hidden, and many suffer in silence. Abuse can be physical, verbal, emotional, or sexual. It can include financial exploitation, caregiver neglect, self-neglect, or unreasonable confinement or restraint. Most often, abusers are someone close to the victim, like spouses/partners, adult children, other family members, old or new friends, unpaid or paid caregivers, or sometimes strangers. Abuse can happen in private homes and long-term care facilities like nursing homes and assisted living homes.

All adults have the right to dignity, respect, and safety. We retain these rights as long as we live regardless of age or disability. Abuse, neglect, and exploitation of elders and other vulnerable adults is never OK.

If you have worries or suspicions that you, or another elder or vulnerable adult is being abused, neglected, or exploited, call Boulder County Adult Protective Services at 303-441-1309. Your call is confidential. Always in an emergency call 911.

Helpful Resources:

Colorado Department of Human Services: Adult Protective Services Programs

US Administration on Aging: National Center on Elder Abuse

Boulder County Area Agency on Aging: Long-term Care Ombudsman

Safe Shelter of St. Vrain Valley

Safehouse Progressive Alliance for Nonviolence

Moving to End Sexual Assault

Boulder County District Attorney's Office: Community Protection Division

Elder Abuse Brochure

Warning Signs of Elder Abuse