justice for all

Our Mission

To meet the diverse elder justice needs
of Alabama’s older adults through:

To Report Elder Abuse & Mistreatment

Alabama Department of Human Resources Adult Protective Services

Adult Abuse Hotline:
1-800-458-7214
aps@dhr.alabama.gov

Reports can also be made to a County Department of Human Resources or local law enforcement.
Reports can be made anonymously.

We are a trusted resource

that seeks to improve long-term health, social, and functional status; enhance autonomy and independence. We mitigate the risks of recurrent abuse so older individuals can remain safe and independent in their local communities as they age.

Elder Abuse Defined

In our society, older people, for example, are often isolated and alone, which increases the likelihood of neglect and abuse. We can create a more just society for all people—regardless of our age—by building a stronger social structure. Elder abuse is a serious health pandemic that we all should care about and eliminate in Alabama.

Physical Abuse
The infliction of physical pain, injury, or the willful deprivation by a caregiver or other person of services necessary to maintain mental and physical health.
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Emotional Abuse
The willful or reckless infliction of emotional or mental anguish or the use of a physical or chemical restraint, medication, or isolation as punishment or as a substitute for treatment or care of any protected person.
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Sexual Abuse
Any conduct that is a crime as defined in Sections 13A-6-60 to 13A-6-70, inclusive, which may include rape, sodomy, or sexual abuse by forcible compulsion or incapacity of the victim or indecent exposure.
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Neglect (and Self-Neglect)
The failure of a caregiver to provide food, shelter, clothing, medical services, or health care for the person unable to care for himself or herself; or the failure of the person to provide these basic needs for himself or herself when the failure is a result of the person’s mental or physical inability.
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Exploitation
The expenditure, diminution, or use of the property, assets, or resources of a protected person without the express voluntary consent of that person or his or her legally authorized representative.
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The Warning Signs

Unexplained fractures, bruises, welts, cuts, sores, burns, torn or bloody undergarments
Unexplained or uncharacteristic changes in behavior, such as withdrawal from normal activities, or unexplained changes in alertness
Caregiver is verbally aggressive or demeaning, controlling, overly concerned about spending money, or uncaring
Person with a caregiver, guardian/conservator whose personal needs are not being met
Elder giving excessive financial reimbursement/gifts for needed care and companionship
Caregiver has control of elder’s finances but fails to provide for elder’s needs
  • Lack of basic hygiene, adequate food, or clean and appropriate clothing, medical aids (glasses, walker, dentures, hearing aid, medications)
  • Person with dementia left unsupervised
  • Person confined to a bed left without care
  • Home cluttered, filthy, in state of disrepair, or with fire and safety hazards
  • Home without adequate facilities (stove, refrigerator, heating, cooling, working plumbing, and electricity)
  • Untreated pressure “bed” sores (pressure ulcers)

Helping older adults age in place

The Center for Elder Justice & Advocacy works to build a stronger social structure around older adults, so we can reduce isolation and stop abuse and neglect before they start. We all want to age in place with dignity, respect, and independence.

People with Alzheimer’s Disease or Related Dementia are at a much greater risk of adult mistreatment and providing care to a loved one with dementia can be a daunting task. The Center places a special focus to support family caregivers and provide the assistance and tools they need to better care for their loved ones as they go through their caregiving journey.

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