The Contra Costa Elder Abuse Prevention Project is a partnerships of organizations that serves elders who are experiencing physical, psychological, financial and emotional abuse.
Who We Are
Public/Private partnership between the non-profit Family Justice Center, Meals on Wheels Diablo Region, Senior Legal Services, STAND! For Families Free of Violence, and the following Contra Costa County Agencies: Department of Aging and Adult Services (Adult Protective Services and the Public Guardian), Behavioral Health Ombudsman Services, District Attorney’s Victim Witness Program.
The purpose of the Elder Abuse Prevention Project is to prevent and combat the abuse, neglect and exploitation of elders and dependent adults in Contra Costa County. To accomplish our mission, we seek to increase:
Identification and resolution of elder financial abuse cases in Contra Costa County;
Safety of elder victims of abuse as evidenced by an increase in victims receiving services and reporting safety;
Understanding of the many forms of elder abuse by County service providers across disciplines, leading to better service coordination; and
Community awareness and understanding of elder abuse.
The purpose of the Elder Abuse Prevention Project is to bridge the gap in services addressing Elder Abuse in Contra Costa County. The Project is designed to provide direct services to senior in a coordinated manner. The program design takes into account the 2000-3000 annual Adult Protective Services caseload, and focuses on the areas where direct service is most required: financial abuse, case management, and counseling. This focus will increase justice for, and safety of, senior residents of Contra Costa County. The Project also allows the County to put in place a common data collection tool to ensure that these cases are handled in a more coordinated fashion. Finally, the Project provides a platform to raise awareness in the community, helping all providers to better identify and respond to cases of elder abuse.
Seniors/Elders are a rapidly growing segment of the population of Contra Costa County, and they are particularly vulnerable to abuse, especially financial abuse. The vulnerabilities are seen in the demand on Contra Costa County’s Adult Protective Services (APS).
In 2014, APS investigated 1,986 reports of elderly abuse
In 2015, APS investigated 2,806 reports of elder abuse – a nearly 50% increase