What is Elder Abuse?

Elder abuse takes many forms, and is not always immediately apparent. Types of abuse include: Physical, Emotional, Sexual, Neglect and Financial. LEARN MORE

Where does elder abuse take place?

Elder abuse tends to take place where the senior lives, most often in the home. Abusers can be adult children, other family members such as grandchildren, nieces, or nephews, or spouses/partners of elders. Institutional settings, including long-term care facilities can also be sources of elder abuse. LEARN THE SIGNS AND SYMPTOMS

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If you Suspect Abuse, TAKE ACTION!

More than 1,500 cases of elder abuse are reported each year in Erie County. Many more cases are never reported.

If you suspect abuse and would like legal assistance, please contact:

Center for Elder Law & Justice:


For immediate assistance 24 hours a day, please contact:

Crisis Services Hotline at:


If you suspect someone is being abused, please contact:

Erie County Protective Services for Adults: 


For general information on programs or referrals, please contact:

Erie County Department of Senior Services / NY Connects: 


            In an emergency, call 911

For Elder Shelter screening tool, please visit the Elder Shelter Page located under the "Elder Shelter" tab at the top of your screen