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Elder and Dependent Adult Abuse Prevention and Reporting

Under California law, persons required to report elder and dependent adult abuse include care custodians, health practitioners, clergy members, officers and employees of financial institutions, Adult Protective Services staff, and law enforcement agencies, among others.

Reporting and Consultation in Santa Clara County

If you know someone who is in immediate danger, then please call 911.

• For abuse NOT occurring in an institutional facility, call Adult Protective Services or call your local law enforcement agency. Then mail or fax California reporting forms within two days to:

Adult Protective Services
333 West Julian St., 4th Floor
San Jose, CA 95110-2314
Fax: 1-408-975-4910
     California Reporting Forms:

     • Report of Suspected Dependent Adult/Elder Financial Abuse – SOC 342, for use by financial institutions only.

• For abuse occurring in any licensed, long-term care facilities (including residential care for the elderly, adult residential, and skilled nursing facilities), refer to the Elder Abuse – Guidelines for Professional Assessment and Reporting manual.  As of January 1, 2013, some time periods for reporting physical abuse have been shortened and reporting agencies have changed.


These materials were developed by the Elder Abuse Task Force of Santa Clara County to address the difficult and often complex issues involved in known or suspected elder and dependent adult abuse. 
About the Elder Abuse Task Force of Santa Clara County 

The Elder Abuse Task Force of Santa Clara County was formed in 1981. Composed of professionals representing agencies serving older adults, this group is committed to the education, advocacy, and prevention of elder abuse.

Through its major advocacy efforts, the Elder Abuse Task Force has worked to establish mandatory reporting legislation and maintain county protective services. The Elder Abuse Task Force has focused on professional education and community awareness of elder abuse. The group has hosted and participated in training conferences featuring national experts on this issue. The Elder Abuse Task Force’s training manual, Elder Abuse – Guidelines for Professional Assessment and Reporting​​, and video, “The Silent Cry: Elder Abuse Assessment and Reporting”, have been distributed throughout the United States.

The Elder Abuse Task Force continues to meet on a monthly basis, working toward the prevention of elder abuse. For more information, please email the Elder Abuse Task Force.
Last updated: 6/19/2020 10:36 AM