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Adult Protective Services Statistics

Elder Abuse, Neglect and Exploitation

Allegations of Adult Abuse as Reported to
Cuyahoga County Department of Senior and Adult Services

Adult Protective Services breakdown of allegations - 2017 
3,600 Total Allegations

Types of Abuse
Physical Abuse Inflicting pain or injury, threatening injury, denial of physical and health related necessities.
Psychological Abuse Removal of decision making power, isolating the victim, withholding affection.
Neglect or Self-neglect Failure of the caregiver or individual to provide care, nutrition, shelter, clothing, medical care.
A complex disorder that can lead to significant amounts of clutter which can severely limit the use of living spaces, pose safety and/or health risks, and result in significant distress and/or impairment in day-to-day living. (International OCD Foundation).
Unjust or improper use of an elderly person or his/her resources for profit.


Who Are the Victims?
The Abused The Abuser
Over age 75 Middle aged
Female, Single, Widow Family member or caregiver
Progressive physical and/or mental impairment Experiencing stress, financial problems, medical expense, marital conflict, substance abuse, unemployment
Socially isolated Experiencing increasing demands of care giving role
Unable to care for self Self abuse. This person will perish unless a stranger or concerned neighbor cares enough to call Adult Protective Services (APS)