Elder Justice

Elder abuse is one of the fastest growing crimes in our country. The Elder Justice and Vulnerable Adult Justice Program was established to serve elder and vulnerable adults. We provide advocacy and referrals to victims and training and support for law enforcement, prosecutors, and courts when senior citizens and disabled individuals have been the victims of a crime. We also provide direct legal assistance for those that have been victimized.

Types of Elder Abuse

  • Physical abuse: inflicting physical pain or injury

  • Sexual abuse: sexual contact of any kind without consent

  • Emotional abuse: verbal assaults, threats, harassment or intimidation

  • Financial abuse: illegal or improper use of money or property

  • Neglect: Intentional or unintentional failure or refusal to provide care

Signs of Elder Abuse

  • Trouble sleeping

  • Depressed or confused

  • Unexplained weight loss

  • Signs of trauma, like rocking back and forth

  • Agitation or violence

  • Withdrawn

  • Unexplained bruises, burns or scars

  • Bed sores or other preventable conditions

Elder Abuse Facts

  • 1 in 10 American aged 60+ have experienced some form of elder abuse.

  • In 60% of neglect incidents, a family member is responsible.

  • Elders that have been abused have a 300% higher risk of death than those who have not been mistreated. 

  • Elders that have been abused have a 300% higher risk of death

  • Elder that have been abused are 4X more likely to be admitted into a nursing home.

  • $5.3 billion in annual direct medical costs come from physical abused of elders.

Contacts for Reporting Elder Abuse

Texas Abuse/Neglect Hotline

Use to report abuse, neglect, or exploitation of the elderly or people with disabilities.

1-800-252-5400
www.txabusehotline.org

Long-Term Care Ombudsman

Use to report suspected abuse in a care facility.

Harris County
713-500-9931

Other Counties
1-800-437-7396

H-GAC Elder Justice Project

Use for referral services, civil legal assistance, and help navigating adult protective services and law enforcement.

713-499-6678 or 713-993-2435