According to the Elder Justice Coalition, more than six million older adults fall victim to elder abuse or neglect every year, representing roughly one of ten older adults. Elder abuse can take many forms, such as; physical, sexual, emotional, verbal, financial exploitation, involuntary Seclusion, as well as neglect and abandonment. Self-neglect is not under abuse but is equally important to report if suspected.
Adult Protective Services is part of the Oregon Department of Human Services-Aging and People with Disabilities. Their Purpose is to provide protection and intervention for adults, age 65 and older or over 18 and deemed disabled with a physical disability by the Social Security Administration, or any resident of a nursing facility or an adult resident of a DHS Licensed facility.