Elder abuse can occur in many different manners. In general, elder abuse refers to intentional or neglectful acts by a caregiver or “trusted” individual that lead to, or may lead to, harm of a vulnerable elder. Self-neglect is often addressed as a form of elder abuse, although it is distinct from the other types.
Safer Communities for Seniors
The Center for Elder Abuse Prevention opened in September 2007 to empower victims through safe haven and services, and champion safer communities for older adults. The Center is the first of its kind to serve frail elderly in Connecticut, and only the second in the nation.
Helpline: (203) 396-1097
- Intervention Prevention Collaboration
If You Suspect Abuse
For information, advice, and assistance, please contact The Center for Elder Abuse Prevention Helpline at (203) 396-1097
To report abuse
Please call the Department of Social Services Protective Services for the Elderly
Statewide Toll-free number: 1 (888) 385-4225
After Hours: Line at 2-1-1
Connecticut Long Term Care Ombudsman: 1 (866) 388-1888
Connecticut Office of Attorney General: 1 (860) 808-5318
The Center’s Services
- “Shelter Without Walls”
In times of emergency the Center staff arranges for safe, confidential, short-term housing in its “Shelter without Walls,” with appropriate geriatric care at a location dependent on a client’s needs, and regardless of ability to pay. The shelter is designed for frail, elderly abuse victims, who need emergency shelter and require levels of care that a traditional domestic violence shelter may not be able to accommodate.
- Geriatric Assessment and Care Management Services
Made available, free of charge, to victims to detect and ameliorate geriatric conditions making them susceptible to abuse that may be remedied on an outpatient basis.
Raising awareness about elder abuse among professionals and community members is a major step towards preventing abuse. The Center conducts outreach and education activities for older adults and their caregivers, professional training to teach senior service providers about signs and symptoms of abuse, reporting requirements, and available intervention resources.
The staff is happy to speak to any group about elder abuse – young and old, professional or community member. To inquire about an education session, please call (203) 396-1097.
- Sharing Knowledge
The Center staff works closely with local partners, academic institutions, and leaders in the field of elder abuse detection and prevention to gather insights and data. This is imperative to help prevent future abuse and build a network of safe havens for older victims.
- Partner Agencies
They are essential to fulfilling our mission to help seniors in crisis. We collaborate closely with multiple community partners to link together a network of support to stop the cycle of elder abuse and to help the client live as independently as possible.
- Protective Services for the Elderly – Department of Social Services
- Southwestern Connecticut Area Agency on Aging
- The Center for Women and Families of Eastern Fairfield County, Inc.
- Connecticut Legal Services
The Center’s activities are made possible with the help of community partners and generous supports like you. As required under the Older Americans Act, all clients are invited to voluntarily contribute to the program. Donations will be kept anonymous, and can be made by contacting the JHE Foundation and/or making a donation online. Funds donated by clients will be used to expand services provided to other adults in need.
For more information about presentation and services please call the Center for Elder Abuse Prevention at (203) 396-1097 or email at email@example.com.
To provide program feedback, per the Older Americans Act, please call our compliance hotline at 203-372-5125.