Adult Protective Services receives and investigates reports of allegations of abuse, abandonment, neglect, self-neglect and financial exploitation of vulnerable adults living in the community and in facilities.
Adult Protective Services assist vulnerable and elder adults to stop and prevent abuse, neglect, or exploitation. Anyone can make a report about suspected abuse to the Hotline.
APS does not have the authority to take custody of any adult for any reason. APS was established by the Adult Protective Services Act of 1984, effective March 14, 1985 (DC Law 5-156; D.C. Official Code §§ 7-1901, et seq.), as amended (APS Statute). APS’s statute is available to .
The Adult Protection Law requires any person who has a reason to believe that an incapacitated adult has been subjected to abuse, neglect, exploitation or self-neglect to make a report immediately to the Bureau of Elderly & Adult Services. Families & Children .
The Adult Advocacy Division protects the health and welfare of elderly, disabled, and vulnerable adults. Adult Protective Services (APS) and the Domestic Violence Program are a part of this Division. The Division coordinates services to individuals who are 18 or older and are the victims of actual or potential abuse, neglect, self-neglect or exploitation.