As with many other victims of sexual and domestic abuse, elders often do not report sexual or domestic violence. Their reasons, however, are often much more complex: sometimes the abuse is at the hands of a caregiver; they are afraid they won’t be believed or there will be retaliation for telling; or they do not know where to seek services.
Maine’s sexual assault support centers and domestic violence resource projects provide support and advocacy for survivors of domestic and sexual violence across the age span, their families, and concerned others. This includes a 24-hour crisis and support line for sexual abuse survivors and a 24-hour helpline for domestic abuse victims, their families, and anyone who wishes to have more information. Sexual assault support centers and domestic violence resource projects also provide support groups, crisis intervention and information, referrals for mental health and other community resources, and many other services.
For more information:
- Domestic Violence Helpline
Callers are connected to someone who can listen, offer emotional support and information, help with safety planning, and help deciding what to do next. Visit the website for the Maine Coalition to End Domestic Violence for more information and to find the domestic violence program for your area.
- Sexual Violence Statewide Crisis and Support Line
Callers are connected to someone nearby who can listen, offer support and information, and help deciding what to do next. Visit the website for the Maine Coalition Against Sexual Assault for more information and to find the member center for your area.
- Adult Protective Services – Office of Aging and Disability Services (Department of Health and Human Services)
Nationwide 24-hour, toll-free: 1-800-624-8404
TTY (24/7) Maine relay 711
Provides and arranges for services to protect incapacitated and dependent adults (age 18 and over) in danger of abuse, neglect or exploitation. Visit the website for the Office of Aging and Disability Services to learn more.
- Legal Services for the Elderly
You can help the elder call the LSE Helpline where they can talk to an attorney and receive free legal assistance. Visit www.mainelse.org to learn more about Legal Services for the Elderly.
- Maine Suicide Prevention Program - Hotline
If you are concerned about yourself or about someone else, call the crisis hotline. If you are not in Maine, call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255). Visit the website for more information on the Maine Suicide Prevention Program.