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Department of Human Services

Adult and Aging Division

Adult Protective Services

Abuse and neglect affects many older and dependent adults in Sonoma County. Adult Protective Services (APS) responds to reports of abuse, neglect, exploitation and self-neglect involving older adults age 60+ and disabled, dependent adults age 18+. Learn more about the investigative role of APS in the video below. 

Anyone can make a confidential or anonymous report, day or night, by calling:

Reports that do not involve physical abuse or require immediate attention can be made via the secure web form.

Request a Presentation on Adult Abuse Prevention

Volunteer speakers help educate the community about elder abuse prevention and identification, including the crime of elder financial abuse. Contact the Sonoma County Elder Justice Coalition to request a presentation.

Mandated Reporters of Adult Abuse

Mandated reporters are certain professionals required by California State law to report suspected abuse or neglect of elders or dependent adults.

  • Mandated reporters can learn how and what to report at free trainings offered at the APS office or on-site by calling  (707) 565-5900.

Adult Protective Services

Mandated Reporters

Some community professionals are required by law to report the observation, knowledge or reasonable suspicion of abuse to APS or law enforcement.

What is Elder Abuse

There are many types of elder and dependent adult abuse and neglect. If any type of abuse is suspected and reported, APS social workers can provide short-term counseling, case management and referrals to helpful services to stop the abuse and ensure the ongoing safety of the person.

Scams and Fraud

Across the nation each year, millions of older adults fall prey to financial scams or fraud. Everyone is at risk, even people without high incomes or assets.