Adult Protective Services

June is Elder Abuse Month

The International Network for the Prevention of Elder Abuse introduced the first World Elder Abuse Awareness Day 13 years ago. In 2011, the United Nations officially designated June 15 as World Elder Abuse Awareness Day. In addition, June is World Elder Abuse Awareness Month. During June, government agencies and organizations promote local and national events to alert communities, seniors, caregivers, and others to the signs of elder abuse, and to stress the importance of understanding, recognizing, and reporting this type of abuse when suspected. Click the links below for additional information regarding elder abuse awareness.

You’ll find information on Elder/Adult-at-risk Abuse and how to report cases of abuse or neglect on this page.

Important Things to Know About Report

Given the sensitive nature of abuse situations and the impact a report has on families and individuals, the Adult Protective Services worker attempts to establish communication in the least intrusive manner possible.

The reporter of elder/adult-at-risk abuse/neglect can request to remain anonymous and Wisconsin law, Chapter 46.90, protects their identity.

The person who is the subject of the abuse/neglect report may refuse the investigation or services. If the person is competent and refuses the investigation, the investigation ceases. (Competence refers to an individual's capacity to make informed decisions and does not refer to the quality of the decisions being made.)

A commitment to protecting the elder/adult-at-risk person's right to self-determination is the guiding principle during the investigation process.

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