Elder Abuse and the MN S.A.F.E. Elders Initiative

Minnesota's senior population is on the rise and with it we are seeing an increase in cases of elder abuse.

Elder abuse is the mistreatment, neglect or exploitation of an older, vulnerable person, as defined by Minnesota law. The abuse or maltreatment typically occurs at home or in a residential facility, and at the hands of a loved one or caregiver.

The issue is a major focus of the Anoka County Attorney's Office.

In 2012, this office founded the Minnesota Stop Abuse & Financial Exploitation (S.A.F.E.) Elders Initiative. The program aimed to reduce elder abuse through training, policy and education.

To that end, the S.A.F.E. Initiative members -- a coalition of community and law enforcement partners -- created and distributed a Minnesota-focused informational toolkit and video.

The S.A.F.E. Elders Initiative later merged with a group called the Vulnerable Adult Justice Project. The new nonprofit collaboration is known as the Minnesota Elder Justice Center.

While these efforts have helped, and have paved the way for more progress, elder abuse continues to be under-reported.


Informational materials:

The Basics of Elder Abuse

Reporting Suspected Abuse

Preventing Common Scams

Agencies and organizations:

Minnesota Elder Justice Center
Minnesota Elder Justice Center Website

Minnesota Adult Abuse Reporting Center
Minnesota Department of Human Services

Alexandra House Aging Services
24-hour Help Line: 763-780-2330
Alexandra House Website

National Center on Elder Abuse (NCEA)
NCEA Website

National Clearinghouse on Abuse in Later Life (NCALL)
NCALL Website

Anoka County Community Action Program (ACCAP)
Senior information line: 763-783-4707
ACCAP Website

Victim Witness Program of the Anoka County Attorney’s Office
Victim / Witness

Other Anoka County senior resources