Elder Abuse: Mandated Reporters

Although there has been a steady increase in reports of abuse against older adults, only 16 percent of the abusive situations are referred for help - 84 percent remain hidden. The federal Senate Special Committee on Aging estimates that there may be as many as 5 million victims nationwide every year.

Who's responsible for reporting elder abuse? Everyone. Although there are certain categories of individuals (health professionals, clergy, etc.) who are legally mandated to report elder abuse, each of us must do what we can to protect those who are unable to protect themselves.

This audio training is geared to educate specified mandated reporters and others on how to spot and report elder abuse.

We have also included other information and links related to elder abuse. The form that mandated reporters are required to submit within 48 hours of a phone report is also provided below.

Please take time today to learn more about this often hidden social problem. Tell others, too. When it comes to elder abuse, silence isn't golden.


These information sessions were recorded for San Diego County, Calif., and reference age groups that don't apply in all service areas. However, they still contain great information relevant to all service areas.


Reporting of Elder Abuse

Reporting of Elder Abuse for Law Enforcement

Reporting of Elder Abuse for Financial Institutions

Reporting of Elder Abuse for Clergy