Elders and Persons with Disabilities Unit
The staff of the Elders and Persons with Disabilities work with people age 60 and older and those of all ages living with physical or intellectual challenges who have been harmed by abuse, neglect, or financial exploitation. Prosecutors and advocates know the importance of investigating and trying these cases in such a way as to maintain the dignity of victims while ensuring that those responsible are held accountable for their crimes.
While crime can affect anyone regardless of age, senior citizens are often at increased risk for harm through financial scams. HVU prosecutors and advocates are familiar with many of these schemes and work to prevent as well as prosecute them. In addition to assistance offered through this office, a number of agencies offer services and helpful information to seniors, those living with disabilities, and their loved ones and caretakers.
Statewide Elder Abuse Hotline: 800-922-2275
Disabled Persons Protection Commission Hotline: 800-426-9009
Department of Public Health, Division of Health Care Facility Licensure and Certification Complaint Unit (to report abuse or neglect at a hospital or nursing facility): 800-462-5540
Central Boston Elder Services: 617-277-7416
Mystic Valley Elder Services (serving Chelsea, Revere, and Winthrop): 781-324-7705
Department of Mental Health: 617-626-8000
Department of Developmental Services: 781-894-3600
Massachusetts Rehabilitation Commission: 508-823-2874
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