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To report abuse of an elder
(age 60 plus),
call your county helpline
To report abuse of an Adult-at-Risk
(age 18 to 59),
call your county helpline
To report abuse outside of Wisconsin, contact NAPSA To report abuse in a nursing home
or other long term care facility
 

If I call to report alleged abuse,
what will I be asked?

If you believe someone you know is being abused, neglected or financially exploited, you can call your county elder abuse or adults-at-risk helpline.  Your identity is kept confidential by law and cannot be disclosed pursuant to a court order.  When you call, you will be asked what happened, when and where it occurred, and the name of the elder or adult at risk.

Here are several questions you are likely to be asked. Remember, you are not required to know all the answers.

  • the name and address of the adult at risk.
  • the person's age.
  • the type of abuse (what happened that led to your suspicions?).
  • the name of the caregiver or guardian, if any.
  • the name and relationship of the suspected abuser, if any.
  • anything else you think it is important to report.
If you are unsure a situation warrants an investigation, contact your county's elder abuse or adults-at-risk agency with questions. More information about what constitutes abuse, neglect and exploitation:

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Last Revised:  March 15, 2013