To request elder abuse services or information, call (631) 360-3606 (24/7) to speak with a VIBS Crisis Hotline Counselor.
If an adult you know has been abused, you may wish to call 911 and/or Adult Protective Services (APS) at (631) 854-3195.
VIBS runs the only state-approved funded Elder Abuse program on Long Island. The Elder Abuse Program is designed to offer victims help regardless of the physical/mental barriers.
The abuse of older adults is a problem that faces communities all over and does not discriminate. Older adults may be vulnerable to abusive situations for various reasons including health and/or physical abilities. In the majority of cases reported, the abuser is a family member. Abuse can be physical, verbal and/or financial.
About 1 in 10 elderly people aged 60+ have experienced some form of abuse in their older years. Suffolk County’s population of persons 62 and older comprise about 17% of the total population, making the Baby Boomer Generation one of the largest age groups in Suffolk County. Estimates are that roughly 30,000 older adults are abused annually in Suffolk and only an estimated 1 in 14 cases are reported to authorities, which means elder abuse is an issue that remains mostly hidden in the County.
Elder Abuse Advocacy
VIBS advocates specialize in working with clients within the Suffolk County Court system and are able to provide a wide range of services from court accompaniment and petition assistance, to law enforcement interview accompaniments and referrals to various services. VIBS advocates are skilled in assisting clients in filing Family Offense Petitions to receive orders of protection through the Suffolk County Family Court. We offer accommodations for the physically-challenged or immobile victims, and the ability to petition online or from a safe location.
Elder Abuse Counseling
VIBS counselors are knowledgeable and trained in providing services to older adults. Our counseling staff provides therapy centered around safety and recovery to foster return to a safe and healthy lifestyle. Counseling is free, confidential, and bilingual counselors are available. Counseling services are offered to the elderly at their place of residence or a safe location nearby, including counseling on protection against financial exploitation.
VIBS offers legal services to victims of elder abuse.
If you or someone you know may be interested in receiving the confidential and cost-free assistance, call (631) 360-3730.
Or, Contact the VIBS 24-Hour Crisis Hotline at (631) 360-3606.
To learn more about elder abuse in Suffolk County, visit www.vibs.org/elder-abuse.