Elder abuse in Phoenix, Arizona is an isolating and painful experience for the victims. In Arizona, the prosecution for abusing a vulnerable adult is taken seriously, and consequences include paying damages to the injured adult or the estate.
According to the statute, a vulnerable adult is defined as “someone who is eighteen years of age or older and who is unable to protect himself from abuse, neglect or exploitation by others because of a mental or physical impairment.” A weakened physical and mental condition follows naturally from extended periods of illness, such as Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, ALS, or any other degenerative disease or disorder.
Statistics point to a sobering reality: up to 90 percent of elder abuse is at the hands of someone well known to the elder. For the elder, or for someone else who suspects abuse, it may be helpful to know about a resource available online to report elder abuse.
The Arizona Attorney General has compiled a variety of resources for combatting this public welfare issue, and for raising awareness of potential elder abuse. One of the resources available is found at Arizona’s Adult Protective Services (APS). Reporting potential elder abuse does not mean a reporter needs to provide every possible piece of evidence for steps to be taken. Instead, as long as the report meets the criteria of signaling abuse, neglect, exploitation, or vulnerability, the APS may begin an investigation.
Adult Protective Services gives this advice: “Be sure you have answered all the questions as thoroughly as possible. Providing detailed and descriptive information about the situation you are reporting helps the Central Intake Unit more accurately assess the need for an investigation. Be sure to include your email address and phone number for follow-up contact.”
Reporting a suspicion of elder abuse can lead to a deeper investigation that can ultimately protect a vulnerable adult. As elder abuse attorneys, the caring staff and knowledgeable attorneys of Berk Law Group, P.C. encourage helping someone who can’t help themselves. And, particularly where APS is unwilling or unable to assist, our experienced attorneys are here to help enforce Arizona’s strong adult protection statutes or defend against frivolous claims of adult financial exploitation or abuse.
Contact us today with any questions.