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Worried About a Friend or Loved One?

If you suspect someone you care about is being abused or neglected, you can help. You do not need absolute proof to report suspected abuse. You do not have to give your name. All calls are handled confidentially.

Who to Call

To report suspected abuse, you must call the state where the elder lives. Click here for a list of State Toll-free Reporting Lines.

If a vulnerable adult is in immediate danger, dial 9-1-1 or call the police immediately.

In some states, the toll-free number for reporting suspected abuse can only be dialed within state. If the toll-free number is "in-state only," and you are a long distance caregiver, please call the Eldercare Locator at 1 (800) 677-1116. A specially trained operator will direct you to help. To learn more about the Eldercare Locator, click here.

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The Directory of Crime Victim Services http://ovc.ncjrs.org/findvictimservices/ is a Web-enabled, online resource sponsored by the U.S. Department of Justice, Office for Victims of Crime (OVC). The directory is designed to help service providers and individuals locate victim services in the United States and other countries. Search by location, type of victimization, service needed, or agency type.

Information from Government and Nonprofit Sources

National Citizens' Coalition for Nursing Home Reform is a widely respected not-for-profit portal that offers links to State Long Term Care Ombudsmen and Citizen Advocacy Groups.

Nursing Home Compare provides data on quality measures including the percent of residents with pressure (bed) sores, percent of residents with physical restraints, and more. Online resources for elders and families include Guide to Choosing a Nursing Home and Nursing Home Checklist.

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