Every year, thousands of adults are victimized by loved ones, people in positions of trust and strangers. In Colorado, more than 11,000 reports of adult abuse, exploitation, or neglect are received each year. This includes older adults, the elderly and adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Sadly, many go unreported.
Our Adult Protective Services team investigates reports of abuse, neglect, and exploitation of at-risk adults and implements services to reduce and prevent further mistreatment.
But we need help from our community to look out for adults and elders who are at risk of being abused or who have fallen prey to abusers. You can help. Speak up and report suspected abuse by calling 720-944-2994.
As of July 1, 2014, certain professionals must report physical abuse, sexual abuse, caretaker neglect, and exploitation of at-risk elders and as of July 1, 2016, these same professionals and some new groups of professionals are required to also report mistreatment of At-Risk Adults with an Intellectual and Developmental Disability (IDD).
For more information on Mandatory Reporting requirements in Colorado, please visit the Colorado Department of Human Services website.
Sometimes family dynamics factor into the reason for abuse, which might include financial difficulties, substance abuse or mental illness. These reasons do not excuse the mistreatment that is occurring in our aging population. Usually, the victim is:
Child Abuse Hotline
Statewide: 1-844-CO-4-Kids (264-5437)
or in Denver: 720-944-3000
Adult Protection Hotline
DHS Customer Service
Child Support Services
Denver City & County Information