TO REPORT ABUSE OF DISABLED ADULTS OR ELDER PERSONS
Please use contacts listed in this box to report abuse, neglect and exploitation.
For adults NOT residing in a long-term care facility
Please contact Adult Protective Services:
By Phone: 1-866-552-4464
For adults residing in a long-term care facility,
Please contact Healthcare Facility Regulation: By Phone: 1-800-878-6442
Forensic Special Investigations Unit (FSIU)
Vision: ACTing to Protect At-Risk Adults.
Mission: Provide support to the Georgia Department of Human Services (DHS), Division of Aging Services (DAS) and other partners by identifying and addressing system gaps and developing process improvements to protect Georgia’s at-risk adults from abuse, neglect, and exploitation.
The Forensic Special Investigation Unit (FSIU) supports local, state, and federal agencies serving at-risk adult crime victims through technical assistance, case consultations, case reviews, and At-Risk Adult Crime Tactics (ACT) certification.
FSIU conducts a two-day ACT (At-Risk Adult Crime Tactics) Specialist Certification. ACT classes are limited to primary and secondary responders to ensure those who respond to crimes against at-risk adults know how to respond appropriately to best meet the needs of at-risk adult crime victims.
Some topics covered during ACT classes include:
- GA Law
- Types and indicators of the various types of abuse, neglect, & exploitation
- Financial crimes targeting older adults and adults with disabilities
- Undue influence
- Power of Attorney, Guardianship, Conservatorship
- Suspicious Death
- Human trafficking for monthly benefits
- Crimes in facilities
- And much more
- Are go-to experts in their department/region regarding at-risk adult crimes
- Have direct access to FSIU for real-time exchange of crime trends around GA
- Have access to ongoing training opportunities and updates
- Are encouraged to participate in multidisciplinary teams in their regions of the state.
ACT emphasizes a multidisciplinary approach to the investigation of these crimes. This emphasis should increase collaboration between various agencies with diverse legal authority and priorities in order to address crimes against at-risk adults.
Click here for a current class list and registration instructions.
Online Training and Resources
- The Administration for Community Living
- The Arc for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities
- The National Center on Elder Abuse
- National Center on Elder Abuse ANE Training Curriculum
- National Center for Victims of Crime -Taking Action: An Advocate's Guide to Assisting Victims of Financial Fraud
Law Enforcement Investigation Manuals:
- Montgomery County [OH] Elder Abuse Inter-Agency Investigative Guidelines
- Washington State Attorney General - Vulnerable Adult Abuse Investigation Manual for Law Enforcement
Law Enforcement Protocols
- New Hampshire Department of Justice - Responding to the Needs of the Elderly
- Illinois Protocol for Law Enforcement