Adult Protective Services

Responsibilities
APS or Adult Protective Services, investigates neglect, self-neglect, battery, and exploitation in anyone who may be an endangered adult as defined by Indiana statute 12-10-3-2.

Organization

APS consists of 2 investigators that cover Tippecanoe County and the surrounding 7 counties. APS recovers funding from the state but is under the direct supervision of the Tippecanoe County Prosecuting Attorney.

Report Abuse
To report suspected abuse in Tippecanoe County, contact the Prosecuting Attorney's office at 765-423-9305. If a vulnerable adult is in immediate danger, dial 9-1-1 or call the police immediately!

Online Form
Fill out the online form to file a complaint about abuse.

Program Notes
Region 4 of APS in Indiana covers 8 counties: Benton, Carroll, Clinton, Montgomery, Tippecanoe, and White.

Since 1985, the State of Indiana has required people who are aware of adult endangerment to report it to authorities. APS investigates reports of Adult endangerment which is defined by Indiana code.

An adult may be endangered if he/she is: 18 years of age or older and unable to protect themselves due to being mentally or physically disabled, or frail elderly, from being battered, neglected, exploited, or self-neglected.

Signs of An Endangered Adult

  • Aggressive behavior (threats, insults, harassment, etc).
  • Conflicting accounts of incidents.
  • History of substance abuse, mental illness, criminal behavior, or family violence.
  • Indifference or anger toward the dependent person.
  • Not allowing the dependent person to talk or see visitors.
  • Withholding affection.
Financial Abuse Indicators
  • A recent will when elder seems incapable of writing a will.
  • Living environment not comparable with income.
  • Missing furniture, silverware, jewelry, etc.
  • Numerous unpaid bills.
  • Refusal to spend money on dependent person for health care of personal items.
  • Unusual or inappropriate activity in bank accounts.
Physical Indicators
  • Any injury inconsistent with history.
  • Bruises on the upper arms or in the shape of object.
  • Cigarette burns.
  • Cuts, lacerations, puncture wounds.
  • Dehydration or malnutrition.
  • Frequent use of emergency room or hospital.
  • Injry that has not been cared for.
  • Lack of necessities in the home, such as water, food, and medicine.
  • Presence of old and new bruises at the same time.
  • Soiled clothing or bed.
Behavioral Indicators
  • Confusion or disorientation.
  • Denial, unlikely stories.
  • Fear, withdrawal, non-responsive, hesitation to talk openly, helplessness, depression, agitation, anxiety, and anger.
Adult Protective Services will investigate all calls made and protect those who are determined to be endangered.