Senior Crime Victim Service Provider Information

With a large percentage of citizens over the age of 60, Pennsylvania’s older residents are targets for a wide variety of scams, cons and other crimes. Seniors are targeted for many kinds of consumer fraud, especially home improvement, financial exploitation, telemarketing and sweepstakes. However, the elderly are the targets of other types of abuse as well, such as neglect, physical assault, and sexual abuse. 

While all seniors are potentially vulnerable to criminal victimization, according to the Pennsylvania Department of Aging, elder abuse is most concentrated among the very old. The age group most often found to need protective services (39%) is over the age of 81. Additionally, the majority of older adults found to need protective services are Caucasian females (67%) and are dependent on their abusers. The data reveals that 55% of alleged perpetrators are 30-59 years of age. The distribution of perpetrators by sex reveals that the majority are female. Pennsylvania’s data is similar to national data in that the largest group of abusers is that of female caregivers. Nonetheless, elder abuse broadly defined is a crime, and it negatively impacts many of our residents every year.

ith this as a backdrop, the Office of Victims’ Services is providing this page as a means of information exchange and resource sharing around this topic. If your agency has created any materials related to elder abuse and/or to the provision of services to senior victims, including outreach materials and presentations, please send them electronically to and we will post them for sharing. We hope service providers find this resource helpful.

PA Department of Aging Consumer Protection Division


Attorney General's Senior Crime Prevention University

Attorney General's Senior Crime Prevention University Brochure

Attorney General's Bureau of Consumer Protection 

You can access the Attorney General's online Elder Abuse Unit complaint form by clicking here, or you can call their toll-free Elder Abuse Hotline at 1-866-623-2137.

SeniorLAW Center
The Pennsylvania SeniorLAW Helpline

Center For Advocacy For The Rights And Interests Of The Elderly (CARIE)

Identity Theft Action Plan

"Guardianships: Cases of Financial Exploitation, Neglect, and Abuse of Seniors"


Pocket Guide on Elder Investment Fraud and Financial Exploitation


Philadelphia Elder Abuse Resource List


Foreclosure Rescue Scams Information

Sweepstake Mailers Scams Information

Caller ID Spoofing Information

The Grandparent Scam Information

Top Scams of 2010 Information

Beware of Contract Scams and Traveling "Home Improvement" Con-Artists

Costly Coupon Scams

After Hurrican Irene and Other Natural Disasters: Charity Scams

Credit Card Fraud:  21 Tips to Protect Yourself

Strategies to Reduce The Incidence and Impact of Crime That Victimizes The Elderly

Window Cling for Senior Safety

2011 Pennsylvania Legal Services Directory

Aging IQ


Edler Abuse Awareness Kit

Pennsylvania SMP Brochure Preventing Medicare Fraud

Domestic Violence Sexual Assault Consumer Presentation

Domestic Violence Sexual Assault Professional Training

Elder Abuse Overview Presentation

Elder Abuse What You Should Know Presentation

LTC Ombudsman - Institutional Abuse Presentation

Older Americans 2010 - Aging Demographics Presentation

Bonnie, R., and R. Wallace, eds. Elder Mistreatment: Abuse, Neglect and Exploitation in an Aging America. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press, 2003.

National Center on Elder Abuse. The National Elder Abuse Incidence Study. Final report to the Administration on Children and Families and Administration on Aging, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Grant No. 90–AM–0660, 1998.

Elder Abuse Outreach and Prevention Campaign

Nursing Facilities’ Employment of Individuals with Criminal Convictions

Safe at Home? Developing Effective Criminal Background Checks and Other Screening Policies for Home Care Workers

Protecting Yourself From Financial Explotation Brochure