Stephen J. Schueler, M.D.

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Elder Abuse Treatment

Identifying Elder Abuse
Identifying possible abuse is the first step. A concerned person should contact the police or a local adult protective services agency. The National Center on Elder Abuse maintains contact information for each state.

All healthcare providers need to maintain a high level of suspicion to identify patterns of abuse, which is often difficult. Some states require doctors to notify police or other agencies without the consent of a victim of abuse.

Adult Protective Services
Workers from these state agencies will investigate any possible case of elder abuse. They collect information and provide assistance to victims. They collaborate with law enforcement officers and the courts when necessary.

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Last Updated: Dec 10, 2010 References
Authors: Stephen J. Schueler, MD; John H. Beckett, MD; D. Scott Gettings, MD
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