Crime Prevention

Elder Abuse

Elder Abuse is a violation of human rights and a significant cause of illness, injury, loss of productivity, isolation and despair.   --World Health Organization

Elder using walkerThe University of Tennessee at Chattanooga Police Department offers resources to combat Elder Abuse as part of the Crime Prevention Program. Abuse of the elderly and vulnerable adults is against the law, and Tennessee is a mandatory reporting state. If you see abuse or suspect that an adult is being abused, neglected, or exploited, you must report it.

Resources to meet victim avoidance from crimes related to Assault, Robbery, Fraud, and Elder Victim Crimes can be coordinated upon request through our Community Engagement Supervisor.

To report the abuse, neglect, or exploitation of an older person, contact the TN Dept. of Human Services Adult Protective Services

1-888-APS-TENN (1-888-277-8366)

The Tennessee Vulnerable Adult Coalition provides contact with a proactive group of partners to raise awareness of the various forms of abuse committed against vulnerable and older adults. For more information, visit Tennessee Vulnerable Adult Coalition.