Elder abuse happens everywhere: in poor, middle-class and upper-income households; in cities, suburbs and rural areas. It is a problem that has no demographic boundaries.

It is estimated that 80% of the care provided for the elderly is given by family members. Ironically, the abuser is often a family member who takes on the responsibility of care with the best of intentions, but due to the inevitable financial or emotional stress of the situation, loses control. Sadly, because elderly victims of abuse usually live with and are dependent upon their abusers, they often suffer in silence. They may be reluctant to seek help because they fear loss of family ties or independence, or they may simply not know about the services available to them through Victim Assistance and Adult Protective Services. If you suspect an elderly person is being abused, or if you need help, contact Victim Assistance at (574) 523-2237 or Adult Protective Services at (574) 235-9544.


Warning Signs of Elder Abuse

  • Physical attacks, such as hitting, pushing, slapping, etc.
  • Emotional abuse and lack of emotional stimulation or support.
  • Confining person to one room or location in a home.
  • Not providing proper medical care or withholding medications.
  • Withholding food, water and/or nourishment.

If you have been or are the victim of elder abuse (or if you are aware of an elder who is being abused), there are resources available:

Adult Protective Services
2614 S. Michigan St.
South Bend, IN 46614
Phone: 1-800-626-8320 or (574) 235-5092

Elkhart County TRIAD
TRIAD is a three-way partnership with local law enforcement agencies, community organizations and area seniors.

TRIAD meets monthly with the goal to enhance crime prevention efforts that reduce victimization of senior citizens in Elkhart County. Call (574) 612-2571 for meeting dates, times and locations.