Adult Protective Services
Adult protective services are set up to aid elder adults
and Adults-at-Risk who have been abused, neglected, or exploited.
If you suspect an elder adult or adult at risk has
experienced, is currently experiencing, or is at risk of experiencing
abuse, neglect, self-neglect, or financial exploitation, your first step
should be to contact the appropriate agency.
What are Adult Protective Services?
The following is a list of terms that may help you to better
understand adult protective services and Adults-at-Risk.
Who Should I Contact?
If someone is in immediate, life-threatening danger, call the
police or 9-1-1 immediately.
There are agencies and
elder agencies in every county in Wisconsin.
To report abuse taking place outside the state of Wisconsin,
contact the National Adult Protective Services Association (NAPSA) (Exit DHS).
If the alleged abuser is a paid caregiver employed by a long
term care facility, contact the Department of Health Services
Phone: (608) 261-8319
What Will I be Asked?
When you call to report alleged abuse, there are several
questions you may be asked, including information
about the adult at risk and the incident(s) of abuse. This information is
helpful, but you are not required to know it. You will also have the option to give your name and address, but you do not have to give this information.
What Will Happen Next?
After you contact your county agency or elder
agency, a caseworker will review the report and
determine what response is necessary.
We have compiled a list of
additional resources to provide you with more information about adult
August 08, 2014