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To report abuse of an adult at risk
(age 18 to 59),
call your county helpline.
To report abuse of an elder
(age 60 plus),
call your county helpline.
To report abuse in a nursing home
or other long term care facility,
contact the Division of Quality Assurance.
To report abuse outside of Wisconsin,
contact NAPSA (Exit DHS).


Additional Information and Resources on Abuse, Neglect, and Exploitation of Adults-at-Risk

(All external hyperlinks are provided for your information and for the benefit of the general public. The Department of Health Services does not testify to, sponsor, or endorse the accuracy of the information provided on externally linked pages.)

Wisconsin Guardianship Support Center

The Wisconsin Guardianship Support Center (exit DHS) answers questions about the law in Wisconsin relating to guardianships, protective placements, conservatorships, Powers of Attorney for Health Care, Living Wills, "Do Not Resuscitate" (DNR) orders and Powers of Attorney for Finances.

Wisconsin Information and Partners

"Disability Rights Wisconsin (exit DHS) works to end abuse, neglect and denial of the legal rights of people with disabilities."

Long Term Care Ombudsman responds to complaints and problems of residents or recipients of long term care, such as care in nursing homes, community-based residential facilities, and services of the Community Options Program and managed long-term care programs.

Wisconsin Coalition Against Domestic Violence: (exit DHS) Aging and Disabilities

Wisconsin Coalition Against Sexual Assault: (exit DHS) Disabilities, Aging and Sexual Violence

Wisconsin State Law Library - Elder Law Center (exit DHS) offers legal information and assistance to Wisconsin senior citizens and people who work with the elderly.


Sexual Violence in Later Life Information Packet (exit DHS) "Sexual violence can affect individuals across the life span, including people in later life. The National Sexual Violence Resource Center has created a series of resources related to sexual violence in later life. The packet includes a fact sheet, technical assistance bulletin, technical assistance guide, resource list, annotated bibliography, research brief and on online collection."

The Elder Investment Fraud and Financial Exploitation Prevention Program (exit DHS) is aimed at educating medical professionals in spotting individuals who may be particularly vulnerable to financial abuse.

The National Adult Protective Services Association (exit DHS) works to provide state Adult Protective Services professionals with a forum for sharing information, solving problems, and improving the quality of services for Adults-at-Risk.

Administration on Aging Elder Rights Protection (exit DHS)

National Association of States United for Aging and Disabilities (NASUAD) Aging and Disability Rights Resources (exit DHS)

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Elder Abuse (exit DHS)

American Bar Association Commission on Law and Aging (exit DHS)

The National Coalition Against Domestic Violence (exit DHS) site serves as a national information and referral center for the general public, media, and victims of abuse.

The National Center on Elder Abuse, (exit DHS) directed by the U.S. Administration on Aging, is committed to helping national, state, and local partners in the field be fully prepared to ensure that older Americans will live with dignity, integrity, independence, and without abuse, neglect, and exploitation.

"The National Committee for the Prevention of Elder Abuse (exit DHS) is an association of researchers, practitioners, educators and advocates dedicated to protecting the safety, security, and dignity of America's most vulnerable citizens."

The National Organization for Victim Assistance (exit DHS) is an organization of individuals committed to the recognition and implementation of victim rights and services.

The U.S. Department of Justice Office of Justice Programs - Elder Abuse (exit DHS) site links you to helpful information and a variety of related sites.

The National Center for Victims of Crime (exit DHS) works to make sure all crime victims get the assistance and information they need.

Summary Information about Changes to Wisconsin Elder Adults/ Laws

Wisconsin Lawyer, August 2006 (exit DHS) Landmark Reforms Signed into Law: Guardianship and Adult Protective Services

Wisconsinís Elder Abuse and Adult at Risk Reporting Law (exit DHS, PDF, 157 KB)



Last Revised:  October 06, 2014