We all deserve to lead happy and healthy lives free from abuse as we age, yet the elder population is mistreated more often than we think. Our office has taken a zero-tolerance approach to help curb crimes against the elderly. Through our Elder Justice Division, our office is able to be more effective in prosecuting such crimes against the older population of Madison County.
Specifically, the Elder Abuse Division Focuses on:
The Elder Justice Division received accolades in 2005 when the State's Attorney's Office was honored with the Community Builder Award by the Franklin Masonic Lodge 25 in Alton, IL. The Lodge recognized the State's Attorney's Office for the establishment of the Elder Justice Division, as well as its commitment to and support of the Madison County Child Advocacy Center.
In 2017, State's Attorney Tom Gibbons and other county leaders launched the Madison County Elder Justice Initiative. Through this program, our office works with law enforcement, government agencies, and leaders in senior advocacy and elder protective services to increase Court accessibility for the older population.
For more information, contact the office at (618) 692-6280 or SAinfo@co.madison.il.us To learn about how our office assists victims/witnesses of crimes, visit our Victim/Witness section of the website.
Elder Abuse Resources
Agencies that respond to elder abuse, neglect or financial exploitation are:
State of Illinois' Elder Abuse Hotline: (866) 800-1409 or TTY at (800) 544-5304
Madison County Sheriff’s Office: (618)692-6087
Madison County State’s Attorney’s Office: (618)692-6280
Madison County Triad: (618)296-2800
Adult Protective Services Hotline: 1-866-800-1409
Illinois Attorney General’s Senior Citizens Consumer Fraud Hotline: 1-800-243-5377
Southwestern Illinois Visiting Nurses Association: (618) 236-5863
Illinois Department of Public Health Nursing Home Hotline: (800) 252-4343
If you are unsure of who to contact in the event you suspect abuse against an elderly person, call your local police department.