Collaborative Response to Elder and Vulnerable
Adult Abuse (CREVAA)
WHAT SERVICES DOES CREVAA PROVIDE?
The Tennessee Commission on Aging and Disability (TCAD), in conjunction with the Area Agencies on Aging and Disability (AAADs) will develop and implement the Collaborative Response to Elder and Vulnerable Adult Abuse (CREVAA) program in Tennessee. The CREVAA Program will address the unmet needs arising as a result of a crime of elder and vulnerable adult victims of crime by providing local advocates in each AAAD area who will ensure the provision of direct services to victims. The CREVAA program works with Adult Protective Services, law enforcement, District Attorneys, and other aging service providers.
The CREVAA program will:
Respond to the emotional and physical needs of crime victims;
Assist victims of crime to stabilize their lives after victimization; and
Assist victims to understand and participate in the criminal justice system, as well as provide victims of crime with a measure of safety and security such as boarding up broken windows and replacing or repairing locks.
HOW DO I REFER SOMEONE TO CREVAA?
The CREVAA program works with Adult Protective Services, law enforcement, District Attorneys, and other aging service providers, who provide the referrals directly. If you know a vulnerable adult who has been a victim of a crime (with valid police report filed) that was not referred to CREVAA, you may ask the law enforcement department that was in charge of the case for a referral.
ARE THERE A LOT OF ELDERLY CRIME VICTIMS?
Elder-abuse cases are more prevalent than we would like to believe. CREVAA clients are referred for assistance by law enforcement, the court system, or Adult Protective Services. Below are the breakdown of assistance by county provided in the past two years.
Carter 4 2
Greene 6 4
Hancock 0 1
Hawkins 0 3
Johnson 14 10
Sullivan 67 66
Unicoi 1 2
Washington 37 49
TOTAL 129 137
RECOGNIZING SIGNS OF ABUSE OR EXPLOITATION
Elder abuse is much more common than we like to think. If you visit an older friend or relative, always pay attention to their physical and mental state. If you notice any of the following signs, ask the individual about them.
Stops taking part in activities he or she enjoys
Looks messy, with unwashed hair or dirty clothes
Has trouble sleeping
Loses weight for no reason
Becomes withdrawn or acts agitated or violent
Displays signs of trauma, like rocking back and forth
Has unexplained bruises, burns, cuts, or scars
Has broken eyeglasses/frames, or physical signs of punishment or being restrained
Develops bed sores or other preventable conditions
Lacks medical aids (glasses, walker, dentures, hearing aid, medications)
Has an eviction notice for unpaid rent, notice of late mortgage, or home eviction
Has hazardous, unsafe, or unclean living conditions
Displays signs of insufficient care or unpaid bills despite adequate financial resources
Elder abuse is a mandatory-reporting crime. If you suspect abuse or neglect, contact Adult Protective Services at
1-888-277-8366 or through their secure website at https://reportadultabuse.dhs.tn.gov/. Reports may be made anonymously.