Elder Abuse

Elder abuse is an intentional act or failure to act that causes or creates a risk of harm to an older or vulnerable adult. The abuse often occurs at the hands of a caregiver or a person the victim trusts.

Warning Signs of Elder Abuse

  • Isolation from friends and family
  • Unexplained bruises, burns, or scars
  • Injury that has not been cared for properly
  • Appearing dirty, underfed, dehydrated, or over or under-medicated
  • Hoarding
  • Recent changes in banking or spending patterns
  • Frequent expensive gifts from vulnerable adult to caregiver

Red flags of elder abuse might be physical, behavioral, environmental, or financial. You should watch both the vulnerable adult and their caregiver for signs of abuse. If you see these signs, report to the Oklahoma Department of Human Services by calling 1-800-522-3511 or at okhotline.org/s/reportabuse.

How Palomar Can Help

We partner with the Oklahoma Department of Human Services to provide support and assistance to victims of elder abuse. Together with our partners, we provide:


  • Safety Planning 
  • Crisis Intervention
  • Advocacy
  • Emotional Support
  • Transportation

Legal Assistance

  • Protective Order Representation
  • Child Support
  • Divorce & Custody
  • Civil Legal Representation

Holistic Healing

  • Counseling
  • Support Groups
  • Spiritual Care
  • Medical Treatment

Housing & Financial Assistance

  • Emergency Shelter
  • Re-Housing
  • Emergency Needs Assistance

Offender Accountability

  • Criminal Prosecution
  • Investigation
  • Forensic Exams
  • VPO Service