Help for Victims of Elder Abuse

H-GAC's Elder Justice Program assists seniors in recovering from crime. Our team of lawyers works free-of-charge to stop abuse, to minimize harm and recover lost assets, and to obtain justice.

Who Qualifies

Seniors aged 65+ and disabled individuals of all ages who:

  • Live in Chambers, Fort Bend, Galveston, Harris, Liberty, Matagorda, Montgomery, Waller or Wharton counties AND
  • Have been the victim of a crime, including:
    • Consumer Fraud
    • Contractor Scams
    • Family Violence
    • Financial Exploitation
    • Identity Theft
    • Internet Scams
    • Neglect or Physical Abuse
    • Sexual Assault
    • Stalking or Harassment
    • “Sweetheart” Scams
      Note: Crimes do not have to have been reported to law enforcement.

FREE Services Offered

  • Legal representation in civil matters directly related to the crime
  • Legal advocacy with law enforcement and prosecutors
  • Assisting navigating the criminal justice system and/or Adult Protective Services
  • Resource referrals to community services

Need Help?

[email protected]

Confidentiality honored but please call or email from a safe location or account!

Types of Elder Abuse

  • Physical abuse: Inflicting physical pain or injury

  • Sexual abuse: Sexual contact of any kind without consent

  • Emotional abuse: Verbal assaults, threats, harassment or intimidation

  • Financial abuse: Illegal or improper use of money or property

  • Neglect: Intentional or unintentional failure or refusal to provide care

Signs of Elder Abuse

  • Difficulty sleeping

  • Depression or confusion

  • Unexplained weight loss

  • Signs of trauma, like rocking back and forth

  • Agitation or violence

  • Withdrawn from social contact and/or usual activities or interests

  • Unexplained bruises, burns or scars

  • Bed sores or other preventable conditions

Elder Abuse Facts

  • 1 in 10 Americans aged 60+ have experienced some form of elder abuse.

  • In 60% of reported incidents of neglect, a family member is responsible.

  • Seniors who have been abused have a 300% higher risk of death than those who have not been mistreated.

  • Elders who have been abused are 4X more likely to be admitted into a nursing home.

  • Each year, physical abuse of seniors causes $5.3 billion in annual direct medical costs.