Physical Abuse

The Maine Attorney General is committed to the protection of Maine's elderly citizens. Elder physical abuse, sexual abuse, neglect, and financial exploitation are crimes affecting the elderly community. An investigator in the Attorney General’s Office facilitates the prevention, reporting, investigation, and prosecution of such cases.

Working in concert with the Office of Elder Services, the investigator focuses on cases of financial exploitation of elderly citizens by family members, fiduciaries, caregivers, and acquaintances. "Exploitation" of the elderly is generally the improper, illegal use of funds or assets of an infirm adult by another person for profit or other advantage.

If you are aware of an elderly person who is being abused or exploited, please contact the Maine Department of Health and Human Services' Adult Protective Hot Line at 1-800-624-8404.

The Bureau of Elder and Adult Services provides or arranges for services to protect incapacitated and dependent adults (age 18 and over, and emancipated minors) in danger of abuse, neglect or exploitation.

To make a report or for more information, call toll free:

  • Nationwide 24-hour, toll-free 1-800-624-8404
  • TTY (during business hours) 1-800-624-8404
  • TTY In-State (after hours) 1-800-963-9490
  • TTY Out-of-State (after hours) (207) 287-3492

To report abuse, neglect or exploitation in a facility licensed by the Department of Health and Human Services, call:

  • Toll free Statewide 1-800-383-2441
  • Local (207) 287-9308 / TTY 1-800-606-0215

To learn more about resources and laws, please read Abuse Against the Elderly and Vulnerable Adults, 2010 Potential Legal Remedies (PDF, 5.4mb). This guide was prepared by the Elder Justice Training Partnership, a project of Volunteers of America Northern New England, the Maine Office of the Attorney General, the Maine Prosecutors Association, the Maine Coalition Against Sexual Assault, the Maine Coalition to End Domestic Violence and the Elder Abuse Institute of Maine.