Adult Protective Services (APS) are directed at preventing or remedying neglect, abuse or exploitation of adults who are unable to protect their own interests because of age or disability.
Elders - age 65 or older
Dependent adults - physically, mentally, or developmentally disabled 18-64 year olds
Adult Protective Services are provided without regard to income or resources. A client must live in Orange County and be the victim of abuse either by self or by another that occurred in the community.
Elder and Dependent Adult Abuse Facts
The Orange County Elder and Dependent Adult Abuse Registry received over 10,000 reports of elder and dependent adult abuse in 2012.
The number of abuse reports increased 46% from 2002 to 2012.
The most frequently reported abuse by others is financial. Financial institution employees became mandated reporters on January 1, 2007.
Victims live throughout the County and come from all income levels.
Anyone who suspects, observes, or knows that an elder or dependent adult is being abused is encouraged to call Orange County Adult Protective Services for help.
Emergency assistance is available 24 hours per day 7 days a week.