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Elder Abuse

According to California State Penal Code 368 P.C., the State of California considers those persons age 65 and older to be elders. Persons 18-64 years old who have physical and/or mental limitations that restrict their ability to carry out normal activities or to protect their rights are considered dependent adults.

The San Diego County Sheriff’s Department investigates crimes against elders and dependent adults within the department’s contract cities and unincorporated areas. The department is committed to the successful prosecution of those committing crimes against elders and dependent adults.

For more information or to help stop elder abuse, visit the San Diego County Aging and Independence Services website or call the Elder Abuse Hotline (800) 510-2020.

If you or someone you know is a victim of elder or dependent abuse, contact the San Diego Sheriff’s Department at (858) 565-5200.


Types of Abuse: Physical, Sexual, Emotional, Financial, Neglect

  • Physical – striking, hitting, pushing, shoving, physical restraint, lack of medical care
  • Sexual- Non-consensual acts, sexual assault, sexual exploitation
  • Emotional/Psychological-threats, insults, intimidation, harassment, isolation
  • Financial- fraud, forgery, identity theft, scams, embezzlement
  • Neglect- Denial of or inadequate food, clothing, shelter, medical care, provision for basic needs

To learn more about types of abuse click here: National Center on Elder Abuse: Types of Abuse

Possible Signs of Abuse:

  • Bruises, swelling, fractures, cuts, wounds, rope marks or unexplained/untreated injuries
  • Sudden changes in behavior
  • Report from medical professional of possible abuse
  • Caregiver’s refusal to allow visitors to see elder alone

For more information on San Diego's local advocacy agencies click on one of following the links:


Identity theft is the obtaining of the personal identifying information of another person and the use of that information for any unlawful purpose. Never give out any personal identifying information unless you initiated the call and know who you are talking to. To learn more about Identity Theft and how you can protect yourself against Identity Theft click on one or more of the following links:


Criminals are targeting the elderly with numerous scams designed to earn your trust and steal your money. Often these scams seem like legitimate causes, or even opportunities to help the less fortunate. But they are not. Sadly some people make their “living” by using fraud and deceit to trick unwitting victims into giving them money. Always confirm the cause is legitimate before sending any money. An honest person or business won’t mind if you check their legitimacy, a scammer will.

To learn more about scams and how to protect yourself or a loved one click on one or more of the following links: