Elder Abuse

shutterstock_120659353The Elder Abuse Protection Unit is dedicated to assisting victims of crime who are 60 years of age or older. Many crimes against the elderly involve financial fraud, theft by deception, identity theft, abuse of a power of attorney, neglect or physical abuse. Financial abuse often involves a family member. Here at the District Attorney’s Office, we are sensitive to the difficulties associated with reporting this kind of abuse. Please understand that you are not alone, either as a victim or as a family member of an elderly victim. Call us with questions, even if you are wondering where to call for assistance.

In addition to prosecuting crimes against seniors, the District Attorney’s Elder Abuse Protection Unit also considers education part of our mission. We often partner with the appropriate organizations to help teach seniors how to protect themselves and to train police, public safety, and fire personnel how to spot elder abuse and handle such cases.

Contact

Through a unique grant, a Victim Assistance Coordinator is available to provide special help to elderly victims of crimes being prosecuted by our office in Washington Parish. The coordinator, Anna Moses, can be contacted by phone at (985) 839-6711. She is based at our Franklinton office, 905 Pearl Street, Franklinton, LA 70438.

If you would like to arrange for a speaker from the Elder Abuse Protection Unit to address your group, please call our Franklinton or Covington office. If possible, we will be happy to send a representative.

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Reporting Elder Abuse

All persons in Louisiana are “mandatory reporters” of elder abuse. The mandatory reporting statute, La. R.S. 14:403.2, has provisions for immunity from civil and criminal liability if the report is made in accord with the statute and in good faith. To report abuse, call 1-800-898-4910 (if you are calling from within Louisiana). If you are calling from outside the state of Louisiana, call 225-342-9722. For any type of elder abuse or neglect, Adult Protective Services will investigate eligible cases. Each case is evaluated individually, and based on those facts, the agency can act to prevent, remedy, halt, or hinder acts of abuse and neglect against an elder adult. As necessary, the agency also will work with work with other agencies to assist an elderly victim. Only when other efforts fail will Adult Protective Services recommend referral or admission to an appropriate care facility for the elder adult, or seek judicial remedy to the situation. For a full description of what Adult Protective Services can do to help, please visit the agency’s website at http://goea.louisiana.gov and select Protective Advocacy Services and then Elderly Protective Services. If there is an emergency or you suspect a crime, call 9-1-1 immediately.

 FAQs

What is elder abuse?

What are some signs of elder abuse?

What is elder fraud?

 What do I do if I think I am a victim of elder abuse or if I’m concerned that a relative may be a victim?

Why is there a Victim Assistance Coordinator just in Washington Parish to provide special help for elder abuse victims?

If I am aware of a situation that involves elder abuse, can I get in trouble if I don’t report it?

Why is elder abuse getting more attention these days?