Elders and Persons with Disabilities Abuse Unit

Court House

The District Attorney has created a new unit in his office specifically focused on the investigation and prosecution of crimes against the elderly and persons with disabilities. The unit is designed to:

  • Increase communication with persons responsible for the protection, treatment and continuity of care of elders and persons with disabilities;
  • Increase awareness of crimes being committed against elders and persons with disabilities;
  • Increase communication and cooperation between law enforcement and agencies providing services to elders and persons with disabilities; and
  • Ensure that crimes committed against elders and persons with disabilities are promptly reported, investigated by trained law enforcement personnel and prosecuted by experienced assistant district attorneys.

Types of Abuse

  • Physical Abuse and Neglect
  • Financial Exploitation
  • Emotional and Verbal Abuse
  • Sexual Abuse

The District Attorney's office is dedicated to working with the elderly and persons with disabilities, their families, and social service agencies in order to develop prevention strategies and effectively prosecute crimes committed against the more vulnerable members of society.

Helpful Links and Information

Department of Mental Health
Western Massachusetts Area
Northampton State Hospital
P.O. Box 389
Northampton, MA 01061
(413) 587-6425

Disabled Persons Protection Commission  (DPPC)
300 Granite Street, Suite 404
Braintree, MA 02184       
(617) 727-6465

DPPC Hotline  1-800-426-9009 or 888-822-0350 TTY

Department of Developmental Services Monson Development Center
171 State Street
Palmer, MA 01069
(413) 284-1592

Massachusetts Rehabilitation Commission
Protective Services Department
21 Spring Street, 2nd Floor
Taunton, MA 02780
(617) 204-3662 or (508) 823-2874

Greater Springfield Senior Services
66 Industry Avenue, Suite 9
Springfield, MA 01104-3243
(413) 781-8800

Highland Valley Elder Services, Inc.
320 Riverside Drive Suite B
Florence, MA 01062
(413) 586-2000

Elder Abuse Hotline