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Elder Abuse

See also Action Guide. For agencies that offer short-term emergency shelter, see Crisis & Hardship Assistance.

Adult Protective Services (APS) :594-5685

Statewide (toll-free): 1-888-277-8366

TN Dept. of Human Services
7175 Strawberry Plains Pike, Suite 200, 37914
Call APS to report suspected abuse, neglect, exploitation or self-neglect of any adult (age 18+) who is unable to protect self. Call is confidential. Mon.-Fri., 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m.   |  Website »

Elder Abuse & Exploitation Project: 637-0484

Legal Aid of East Tennessee
502 S. Gay Street, Suite 404, 37902
Legal assistance for elderly persons who are victims of abuse or exploitation by anyone–a neighbor, relative, caregiver, home repair worker, sales company, etc. Services may be requested by victim, caregiver, relative, or friend. Free.

Family Violence Help Line: 521-6336

24-Hour Help Line: 637-8000

Knoxville Family Justice Center
400 Harriet Tubman Street, 37915
Provides a coordinated, comprehensive approach to ending the cycle of family violence.   |  Website »

Samaritan Place: 684-1880

Program of Catholic Charities of East TN, Inc.
3009 Lake Brook Boulevard, 37909
Temporary emergency housing for people age 55+.   |  Website »

TN Vulnerable Adult Coalition (TVAC)

A statewide coalition made up of professionals and other concerned volunteers that promotes awareness and prevention of elder abuse in TN through collaboration and multidisciplinary teams. Provides information about elder abuse and exploitation (including scams) through a speakers bureau; mass media; and the Care Institute– an annual conference for professionals, seniors, and family members. Best way to reach or get involved with TVAC is through its website:

YWCA Victim Advocacy Program: 215-6804

420 W. Clinch Avenue, 37902
Information, emergency assistance, and ongoing support in seeking legal assistance for any victim of domestic violence. Victim support groups for women. Free.   |  Website »

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Knoxville, TN 37950
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