Elder Abuse Coalition

The Oneida County Elder Abuse Coalition is a continually growing collection of area agencies and organizations that was formed to promote the awareness, recognition, intervention and prevention of elder abuse in our community. Together we provide a prompt, coordinated response to the service needs of victims and other vulnerable persons.


How to make a referral to the Oneida County Elder Abuse Coalition:

  • When you suspect financial exploitation, physical abuse, emotional abuse, sexual abuse or neglect call the Oneida County Office for the Aging & Continuing Care at 315-798-5456.
  • A new referral will be taken by an intake worker who will ask for the following information:
    • Name of victim
    • Victim’s address
    • Victim’s date of birth, if available
    • Victim’s Social Security Number, if available
    • Name or the Referral Source*
    • Type and indicators of suspected abuse
    • Whom should initial contact be made through
    • Any other pertinent information

* Referral Source may choose to remain anonymous

What is Elder Abuse?

Elder abuse includes physical, emotional and sexual abuse; financial exploitation; and neglect (including self-neglect). It is found in all communities and is not limited to individuals of any particular race, ethnic or cultural background or socio-economic status. According the best available estimates, between one and two million Americans aged 65 or older have been injured, exploited, or otherwise mistreated by someone. Furthermore, it is estimated that for every one case of elder abuse, neglect, exploitation, or self-neglect reported to authorities, five others go unreported. See below for abuse definitions and indicators.

Physical Abuse
The non-accidental use of force that results in bodily injury, pain or impairment, including but not limited to, being slapped, burned, cut, bruised or improperly physically restrained.


  • Injuries to the upper body, especially the face, neck, throat, chest, abdomen or to the pelvic area
  • Bruises in the shapes of objects such as a belt or fingers
  • Burns in unusual locations, shapes or sizes
  • Previous injuries in different stages of healing
  • Location of the bruising inconsistent with the victim’s explanations
  • Bi-lateral bruises
  • Evidence of drug or alcohol abuse by victim or person accompanying the victim
  • Repeated use of emergency room services, possibly in different facilities
  • Delay between the incident causing the injury and presentation in the emergency room
  • Changes in demeanor or activity level (either observed through on-going contact or reported by the victim)
  • Unwillingness to communicate

Sexual Abuse
Non-consensual sexual contact of any kind, including but not limited to, forcing sexual contact or forcing sex with a third party.


  • Difficulty in walking or sitting without evidence of muscular-skeletal disease
  • Bruising on the inner thighs
  • Vaginal bleeding not associated with menses
  • Presence of sperm in the vagina or anus
  • Unexplained venereal disease or infection

Emotional Abuse
The willful infliction of mental or emotional anguish by threat, humiliation, intimidation or other abusive conduct, including but not limited to, frightening or isolating the victim.


  • Victim’s confusion (which is not otherwise indicated by organic brain syndrome, malnutrition, dehydration, anesthesia or inappropriate use of medication)
  • Signs of depression (such as suicidal ideation, sleep disturbances, changes in appetite, pyscho-motor agitation and loss of interest in pursuing social contacts)
  • Anxiety
  • Passivity
  • Evasiveness
  • Fear

Financial Exploitation
The improper use of an adult’s funds, property or resources by another individual, including but not limited to, fraud, false pretenses, embezzlement, conspiracy, forgery, falsifying records, coerced property transfers or denial of access to assets.


  • Inability to pay bills for shelter expenses, food, appropriate clothing or medications despite adequate income and resources
  • Credit card bills from clothing or electronic equipment suppliers not likely to be frequented by victim
  • Anxiety when discussing finances
  • Unusual transfers or assets to another person

Passive Neglect
The non-willful failure of a caregiver to fulfill caretaking functions and responsibilities because of inadequate caregiver knowledge, infirmity or disputing the value of prescribed services.

Active Neglect
The willful failure by the caregiver to fulfill the caretaking functions and responsibilities assumed by the caregiver, including, but not limited to failure to provide for food, clothing or shelter, access to medical or long term care services, assistance with activities of daily living or to provide a safe environment.

The inability, due to physical and/or mental impairments to perform tasks essential to caring for oneself, including but not limited to providing essential food, clothing, shelter or medical care; obtaining goods and services necessary to maintain physical health; emotional well-being and general safety; and managing financial affairs.

Indicators of Passive, Active and Self-Neglect:

  • Dehydration
  • Malnutrition
  • Hypo/hyperthermia
  • Decubitus ulcer
  • General deterioration of health
  • Excessive dirt and odor
  • Misuse of medications
  • Failure to provide necessary prosthetic devices, dentures, glasses, hearing aids or durable surgical equipment

Factors that Have Been Shown to Bear a Significant Correlation to Abuse are:

  • Physical or cognitive impairment of the victim
  • Isolation of the victim
  • Caregiver stress (abuse or neglect may be and often is unintentional)
  • Dependence of the abusers on the victim
  • Psychopathology or mental incapacity of the abuser
  • Caregivers and strangers involved with a vulnerable or incapacitated adult’s care and financial management


Oneida County Statistics for 2016-2017


For Information Call
Oneida County Office for Aging & Continuing Care