Elder Abuse

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The Elder Abuse Unit is dedicated to the investigation and prosecution of crimes against elderly and dependent adults.

Financial Abuse:
Any theft of an elder’s money or property; may include wrongful use of legal documents such as power of attorney. There are various types of crimes constituting elder and dependent adult fraud, and various types of perpetrators. Most cases involve a perpetrator who is known to the victim such as a child, grandchild, sibling, friend, bookkeeper or caregiver. Typical crimes include forged checks, unauthorized use of credit cards and good credit, embezzlement (e.g. using the victim’s money to pay expenses of the perpetrator without their knowledge and/or consent), and theft by false pretenses (e.g. obtaining a victim’s signature on legal documents without the victim truly understanding the consequences of the subject transaction); often times this includes tapping into the victim’s home equity by way of refinancing a home loan, obtaining a home-equity line of credit or a reverse mortgage.

Failure of a caregiver to provide food, clothing, shelter, assistance with hygiene and protection from dehydration, malnutrition and health and safety hazards.

Emotional Abuse:
Fear, confusion or depression brought about by threats, intimidation of deception.

Desertion of an elder or dependent person by someone charged with his or her care.

Physical/Sexual Abuse:
Any physical pain or injury committed against an elder. ALL sexual acts committed without consent or ability to give consent.

What are some of the warning signs of Elder/Dependent Adult Abuse?

  • Not being given the opportunity to speak for yourself in presence of your caregiver
  • Your caregiver is too aggressive with you
  • Caregiver has problems with alcohol/drugs
  • If you feel socially isolated and your caregiver says he/she is the only one who cares about you
  • If you notice your caregiver lying to others about how your injuries occurred
  • Uncomfortable behavior by a caregiver towards you
  • Caregiver using your money for their benefit. Repeatedly pressuring you for money or power of attorney

Signs that someone you know may be a victim

  • If you notice bruises, or abnormal color changes/spots, especially bleeding
  • If a person looks dirty, has sores or rashes, and poor hygiene, they may be neglected
  • Helplessness or hesitation to talk openly may be a sign
  • Depression, withdrawal, and suicidal acts or refusing medical attention
  • Sudden social isolation
  • Sudden involvement of a previously uninvolved relative or a new friend
  • Pressure to change will, power of attorney or to add a name to a property deed or to bank accounts
  • Disparity between lifestyle of the elder and the elder’s caregiver

How to Report Abuse:

  • In an emergency call 911
  • Report abuse to Adult Protective Services or Law Enforcement


Alliance on Aging

Reports of suspected abuse in licensed care facilities:

(831) 655-1334 Monterey (831) 758-4011 Salinas


Alzheimer’s Association

(831) 647-9890 Monterey

(831) 757-0531 Salinas


American Cancer Association

(831) 442-2992 Salinas


American Heart Association

(831) 757-6221 Salinas


California Rural Legal Assistance (CRLA)

(831) 757-5221 Salinas

(831) 724-2253 Watsonville


Catholic Charities

(831) 393-3110 Seaside

(831) 753-5314 Salinas


Central Coast Senior Services, Inc.

(831) 649-3363


Legal Services for Seniors

(831) 442-7700 Salinas

(831) 899-0492 Seaside


Monterey County Department of Social & Employment Services - Aging & Adult Services

(831) 755-3403 Salinas

(831) 883-7565 Monterey


Military & Veterans Affairs Office

(831) 647-7610




American Association of Retired Persons


(866) 448-3614


Food Bank of Monterey County

(831) 758-1523


Meals on Wheels

(831) 375-4454 Pacific Grove

(831) 758-6325 Salinas


Medi-Cal Information

(800) 541-5555


Medicare Information

(800) 633-4227


Monterey County Social & Employment Services - Food Stamps & Cash Aid

(831) 755-4400 Salinas

(831) 899-8001 Seaside


Monterey County Transportation for Seniors (831) 240-0850 Salinas

(831) 233-3447 Monterey


Monterey Salinas Transit (MST) Rides Program

(831) 899-2555 Monterey

(831) 424-7695 Salinas


Senior Helpline

(800) 510-2020


Senior Nutrition Programs

(831) 633-3084 Castroville

(831) 646-3878 Monterey


Social Security & Supplemental Security Income

Call (800) 772-1213

TTY(800) 325-0778




For Additional Resources in

Monterey County, Dial 2-1-1







Behavioral Health Access & Managed Care


Bay Area Suicide & Crisis Intervention Alliance (BASICIA)

(877) 663-5433 or

(831) 459-9373


Behavioral Health

(831) 796-1700 Salinas

(831) 647-7652 Monterey


Community Human Services Crisis Line

(831) 373-4773


Institute on Aging

(800) 971-0016

(415) 752-3778


Local Lifeline Response Systems

Salinas Valley Memorial Health Care System

(831) 755-0788


Mental Health Crisis Line

(831) 755-4111


National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI)

Monterey County

(831) 375-6264


National Institute of Mental Health

(301) 443-4513 or

(866) 615-6464





The District Attorney’s Office will provide speakers to interested groups who want to learn more about the topic of elder abuse.