Elder Programs

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:

  • Abuse and Criminal Neglect
  • Financial Exploitation
  • Money Laundering
  • Aggravated Home Repair Fraud
  • Aggravated Battery
  • Forgery
  • Theft
  • Aggravated Criminal Sexual Abuse
Certain criminal offenses provide enhanced charges and penalties based upon the age of the victim. 

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. 

Through the Madison County Elder Justice Initiative 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.

For state programs and services and information about senior issues such as Medicare Part D, Veterans Issues and the Statewide B SAFE program, visit the Illinois Attorney General's website:www.ag.state.il.us/seniors/index.html.

 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.

More information on how to detect and prevent elder abuse, visit www.state.il.us/aging or take a look at our brochure on Educating for an End to Elder Abuse.