Elder Abuse

 Elder Abuse Reporting
(414) 289-6874
Toll Free: 1-866-229-9695

Milwaukee County Department on Aging is the lead Elder Abuse Agency for Milwaukee County.  Department staff investigates allegations of Physical Abuse; Material Abuse; Neglect; Self-Neglect and Emotional Abuse of adults age 60 and over, residing in Milwaukee County.

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Information about Elder Abuse:

Definitions of abuse on this page are adapted from the Wisconsin Department of Health & Family Services Elder Abuse Information Site

Wisconsin Statute 46.90 states that elder abuse has taken place when a person age 60 or older or who is suffering from the infirmities of aging has been subject to:

  • Physical Abuse: "the willful infliction of physical pain, injury or unreasonable confinement. It includes, but is not limited to, beating, choking or burning, inappropriate medication or tying or locking a person up. It also includes sexual abuse, which occurs when a person has been forced, tricked, threatened or otherwise coerced into sexual contact against one's will".
  • Material Abuse: "sometimes called financial exploitation, is the misuse of an elder's money or property. It includes deception, diverting income, mismanagement of funds and taking money or possessions against a person's will".
  • Neglect: "occurs when a caregiver's failure to provide adequate food, shelter, clothing, medical or dental care results in significant danger to the physical or mental health of an older person in his/her care".
  • Self-Neglect: "a significant danger to an elder person's physical or mental health because the elder person is unable or fails to provide him/herself with adequate food, shelter, clothing, medical or dental care".

How to report elder abuse:
To report a suspected case of elder abuse or neglect,

Call The Aging Resource Center of Milwaukee County:  (414) 289-6874.

An Information and Assistance Specialist is available to take your calls Monday through Friday from 7 a.m. - 5:30 p.m. After hours, on weekends and holidays, calls are routed to 211@IMPACT. our 24 answering service, and forwarded to the Resource Center the next business day.

All referrals are kept anonymous.

Click here for frequently asked questions about elder abuse.

For more information and contacts click on the links below:

Wisconsin Department of Health and Family Services Reference Center
Elder abuse information: Wisconsin Department of Health and Family Services
American Psychological Association information page
National Institutes of Health/National library of Medicine National Center on Elder Abuse newsletter. 
National Committee for the Prevention of Elder Abuse
National Center on Elder Abuse
The National Fraud Information Center