As the elder population continues to grow, crimes against elders are likely to continue to increase in number and complexity. District Attorney Conley recognizes the specific issues and concerns that elder and disabled victims face in addition to the physical, psychological and emotional harm that all victims can suffer.
The Suffolk DA’s Elders and Persons with Disabilities Unit (EPDU) is a specialized team committed to investigating and prosecuting certain crimes committed against persons who are sixty years of age or older or who live with physical or mental disabilities. These offenses can include robbery, assault and battery, physical or sexual abuse, neglect, financial fraud, and theft.
The EPDU employs two assistant district attorneys, two victim witness advocates and two civilian investigators who are all well trained and equipped to meet the specialized needs of elder or disabled victims. They work closely with local police, protective services and community providers, and are able to provide support, assistance and resources to help victims get all of the resources they need. Members of the EPDU are also available to give presentations to civic groups and residential programs about how to prevent and report crime.
Interviewing mentally or physically disabled persons who may have been victimized requires a careful approach that preserves the person’s dignity and trust. District Attorney Conley employs trained professionals in his EPDU team who recognize and embrace that empowering approach.
If you have you been the victim of a crime, please refer to the numbers below for information on reporting and assistance.
Helpful Resources and Telephone Numbers
Suffolk County District Attorney’s Office Elders and Persons with Disabilities Unit Phone: (617) 619-4262 TTY: (617) 619-4333
ETHOS – Provides elder protection services for Boston residents.
Chelsea, Revere, Winthrop Elder Services – Provides elder protection services in Chelsea, Revere and Winthrop
Disabled Persons Protection Commission (DPPC) – An independent state agency that investigates and remediates cases of abuse.
Help for Identity Theft Victims – DA Conley’s resource for victims of identity theft
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The Victim Witness Assistance Program of the Suffolk County District Attorney’s Office provides information, support, and assistance to witnesses, victims of violence, and their family members. Victim Witness Advocates are assigned to each of Suffolk County’s district and municipal courts and in most Superior Court trial teams.
DA Conley firmly believes that as prosecutors, the most fundamental duty is to serve the victims of crime, and to that end, he employs more than three dozen victim advocates at each of the nine district and municipal courthouses in Suffolk County, as well as in specialized Superior Court trial teams. Advocates orient victims, witnesses, and their families to the criminal justice system; make referrals for medical, legal, and financial assistance; facilitate counseling and other social services; assist in safety and protection plans; and provide emotional support during an often life-changing series of events.
Please click on the links below for more information about the assistance we provide to victims.