What is Elder Abuse?
Massachusetts law (M.G.L. Chapter 19A) defines elder abuse as an act or omission which results in a serious physical or emotional injury to an elderly person; or is the failure, inability or resistance of an elderly person to provide for himself or herself one or more of the necessities essential for physical and emotional well-being without which the elderly person would be unable to safely remain in the community.
How do I report Elder Abuse?
Call Elder Services from 9:00AM to 5:00PM on weekdays at 508-394-4630 or 1- 800-244-4630. At all other times call the Elder Abuse HOTLINE at 1-800-922-2275.
Who is protected?
Anyone sixty years of age or older living in the community who has suffered harm from a family member, friend, neighbor, or caretaker is protected under the law. The law also protects elders who are self-neglecting.