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Elder Abuse is a serious problem, and unfortunately, many cases of abuse go undetected or underreported. The number of known cases of elder abuse increases each year in Virginia. It is estimated that nearly 5 percent of the nation’s elderly will become a victim of abuse.
There are several types of elder abuse:
- Physical Abuse: Causing physical pain, injury or improper use of restraints.
- Mental Abuse: Causing pain or distress by threatening, frightening, embarrassing or ridiculing.
- Sexual Abuse: Any unwanted sexual activity or touching. For more about sexual abuse, please click here, which will take you to the Sexual Violence section.
- Neglect: Intentional withholding of adequate food, clothing, shelter or medical care needed for mental and/or physical health
- Self-Neglect: Improper care because the elder adult is not able to take care of themselves, is in poverty or simply refuses help.
- Abandonment: Being left alone for long periods of time.
- Financial Exploitation: Taking away the older adult’s money or property without consent.
For more information or if you suspect elder abuse you can contact:
The Women's Resource Center of the New River Valley at
Office: (540) 639-9592
Hotline: (540) 639-1123
TTY: (540) 639-2197
Toll Free: (800) 788-1123 (regional access)
Fax: (540) 633-2382
Virginia Adult Protective Services
Phone: (888) 832-3858
NRV Area Agency on Aging
Phone: (540) 980-7720
If you reside in a Long-Term Care facility of any kind, your Ombudsman is your advocate and can be contacted through the local Area Agency on Aging.
Virginia Department of Social Services
Phone: (804) 692-1299 (this will connect you with your local department for assistance)
Virginia Department for the Aging Center for Elder Rights Consumer Protection Technical Assistance Resource Center
Phone: (800) 552-3402