Elder Abuse Prevention Program
The Departmentâ€™s Elder Abuse Prevention Program supports programs and services to protect elders from abuse in all its forms â€“ physical, emotional, financial and more. The program is designed to increase awareness of the problem of elder abuse, neglect and exploitation. The program includes training and dissemination of elder abuse prevention materials and funds special projects to provide training and prevention activities. The Department of Elder Affairs does not conduct investigations.
The Elder Abuse Prevention Program is funded through Title VII of the Older Americans Act and is administered through contracts with Area Agencies on Aging and local service providers. To find out who is your local contact for elder abuse prevention training, please click here for the Statewide Coordinators.
How to Report Elder Abuse, Neglect, and Exploitation
The Department works in conjunction with the Department of Children and Families (DCF) Adult Protective Services and the Aging Network to protect disabled adults or elderly persons from further occurrences of abuse, neglect or exploitation. Services provided may include protective supervision, placement and in-home and community-based services.
To report online - go to the DCF web site at www.dcf.state.fl.us/service-programs/abuse-hotline/report-online.shtml
To report by phone - call Florida Abuse Hotline at 1-800-96-ABUSE (1-800-962-2873). Press 1 to report suspected abuse, neglect or exploitation of the elderly or a vulnerable adult. This toll free number is available 24/7. TTY (Telephone Device for the Deaf): 1-800-955-8771.To report via fax, please print and complete the DCF fax reporting form with details and faxt to 1-800-914-0004.
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