Elder Abuse

A priority of the Special Victims Unit is elder abuse and exploitation, as this age group is Rhode Island’s fastest growing demographic. These crimes are drastically under-reported, since victims are often afraid and reluctant to come forward. Raising awareness is critically important to create a community where victims feel safe coming forward, which helps lead to successful prosecutions of these crimes.

Attorneys and investigators from our Elder Abuse Unit offer preventative education to older adults through community outreach at locations throughout the state. During the pandemic, we prioritized outreach to a population whose isolation was only exacerbated by COVID restrictions. When we were no longer able to hold in-person community presentations, we pivoted to host virtual presentations.

Contact us to schedule an educational session or training at 401-274-4400, prompt 6.

Reporting elder abuse

In Rhode Island, there is a mandatory duty of all citizens to report a suspicion of elder abuse and/or elder financial exploitation. To report elder physical abuse and/or elder financial abuse, contact your local police, Rhode Island State Police or the Rhode Island Office of Healthy Aging at (401) 462-3000 or oha.ri.gov.

Report misconduct in Rhode Island nursing homes