If you, or someone you know is in immediate danger dial 911!
Abuse and Elder Law Information Resources
Rhode Island law requires any person who has reasonable cause to believe that an elderly person has been abused to report it to the Division of Elderly Affairs (DEA). Failure to report abuse of a person 60 or older can result in a fine of up to $1,000. Report suspicion of Elder Abuse and Self Neglect to DEA 401-462-0555.
If a Senior is not safe at home call:
Department of Elderly Affairs 401-462-0555 or 401-462-3000
If a Senior needs help getting out of an abusive home contact the Saint Elizabeth’s Haven for Elder Justice Program 401-739-2844 x36
Neglect or Abuse in a facility call:
Department of Health Facilities Regulation 401-222-5200
RI Attorney General Patient Abuse or Neglect, Medicaid Fraud & Drug Diversion Unit 401-222-2566 or 401-274-4400 x2269
RI Long Term Care Ombudsman 401-785-3340
The most recent Division of Elderly Affairs Pocket Manual available online can be found by clicking here.
The National Center on Elder Abuse (NCEA) is a program of the U.S. Administration on Aging. NCEA serves as a national resource center dedicated to the prevention of elder mistreatment. NCEA provides information in the areas of Research, Practice, Policy and Education. Visit their Website
The National Center on Elder Abuse and the Keck School of Medicine at the University of Southern California have created the following resources for distribution:
Materials in Spanish, Chinese and Korean
- 12 Things Everyone Can Do to Prevent Elder Abuse English | Español (Spanish) | Chinese | Korean
- 5 Things Everyone Can Do to Prevent Elder Abuse English | Español (Spanish) | Chinese | Korean
- Red Flags of Abuse English | Español (Spanish) | Chinese | Korean
- Signs of Elder Abuse English | Español (Spanish) | Chinese | Korean
- The Facts of Elder Abuse English | Español (Spanish) | Chinese | Korean
- The Facts of Elder Abuse Elevator Flyer English | Español (Spanish) | Chinese | Korean
The National Center on Law & Elder Rights (NCLER) is a is a one-stop resource for professionals serving older adults. NCLER provides webinars, trainings, written materials, and case consultations for attorneys and professionals seeking more information to help older adults. Visit their Website
The National Adult Protective Services Association (NAPSA) provides Adult Protective Services (APS) programs a forum for sharing information, solving problems, and improving the quality of services for victims of elder and vulnerable adult mistreatment. They have a wealth of information on Elder abuse including a “When to Report Checklist”, Technical Assistance Briefs, trainings, webinars, current research and Best Practices. Visit their Website
The National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys (NAELA) can help you find a local NAELA member attorney who specializes in Elder Law and Special Needs planning. Visit their website.
Frameworks Institute “Talking Elder Abuse Tool Kit” is designed to help experts and advocates who work in this field to increase public understanding. Visit their website
The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau provides resources for Older Adults or family members managing the finances of a loved one. They have many helpful booklets that can be ordered and shipped to you for free. Visit their Website
Credit Union Senior Safeguard Training is an online educational program developed to fight the financial scams targeting the elderly. Visit their Website
Older Adult Nest Egg Tools has on-line assessments for Investigations of Financial Exploitation to help you determine the decision-making abilities, psychological vulnerability and susceptibility of your older adult client. Visit their Website