Senior Protective Services

Protecting the Aging Community

When people think of abuse, they often only think of child or domestic abuse. Elderly abuse, however, is a widespread problem affecting individuals from all walks of life.

More than 1 million older Americans are abused annually.

Adult Protective Services (APS) conducts investigations of reported abuse, neglect and/or exploitation of seniors age 60 and above. As the designated agency for the Stark County Department of Job and Family Services, we make referrals to secure on-going assistance and support for older adults determined to be in need of protection. The goal of the APS program is to secure the safety of our elder community members while promoting the greatest level of independence and personal decision making possible.

Making a Report

If you suspect elder abuse, please call Stark County Job and Family Services at 330-451-8998.

What to Report:

  • Your name and phone number if you are comfortable doing so (anonymous reports are also accepted)
  • Name, address and phone number of the person who is or who you think may be a victim of abuse
  • Why you think the older adult may be or is at risk

What Happens Next:

  • An APS social services worker will make a face-to-face home visit to investigate the allegation.
  • If there is a need for protective services, an APS worker will work with the adult victim and others (family, friends, volunteers and professionals) to assist the adult and reduce or eliminate the danger.
  • If the adult victim is capable, he or she will be encouraged to accept the care or services offered by the Adult Protective Services and/or a referral to other community agencies.
  • Whenever possible, Adult Protective Services staff will assist the adult to remain in his/her home or community safely.
  • Some adults may refuse help. Legally, services cannot be forced on an adult, except as specified by law.
  • Legal action is taken only after all other appropriate solutions have been explore.

If you suspect elder abuse, please call Stark County Job and Family Services at 330-451-8998.

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