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 Adult Abuse Reporting Center

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

​National Center on Elder Abuse

​National Clearinghouse on Abuse in Later Life 

​Anoka County Community Action Program
​Senior information line: 763-783-4707 

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

​Other Anoka County senior resources 

​S.A.F.E. Elders Initiative