The Maine Department of Human Services, Bureau of Elder and Adult Services

 1-800-624-8404 (24 hours)

Adult Protective Services is responsible for providing or arranging for services to protect adults who are unable to protect themselves from abuse, neglect or exploitation. APS staff also petition for Public Guardianship and/or Conservatorship of incapacitated adults when less restrictive alternatives have failed. APS Intake is available 24 hours. Your confidential report will be sent to the regional office closest to the victim and the APS professional responsible for your report will contact you. 


What Can Adult Protective Services Staff do?
  • Investigate reports of abuse, neglect or exploitation

  • Arrange services to help make adults safe

  • Arrange services to allow adults the most personal freedom possible

  • Seek guardianship and/or conservatorship of adults who are unable to make these decisions for themselves






Maine Coalition Against Domestic Violence Helpline
1-800-537-6066 (24 hours)

The helpline is free, confidential, and available to anyone who is affected by domestic abuse. That means victims, friends, family members, coworkers and community members—anyone with any questions about domestic violence can call.


How will calling help me?

You will be connected to an advocate at your local domestic violence resource center. That advocate will talk with you about your experience and will help you think about what your next steps might be.


If you are experiencing abuse, don’t worry—the advocate isn’t there to tell you what to do. No matter what your situation—whether you are trying to figure out how to stay safe while living with an abusive partner, are planning to leave, or are seeking support for past abuse—the hotline advocate’s job is to listen without judgment, and to help you sort out a plan that works for you.

Sexual Assault Crisis and Support Line
1-800-871-7741 or TTY 1-800-458-5599 (24 hours)

 This number will connect you with the sexual assault support center nearest you.


How will calling the Support Line help me?

 When you call, an advocate will listen to you and offer support and information to help you decide what to do next.

Maine Legal Services for the Elderly Helpline:

1-800-750-5353 (Business hours)

LSE is a non-profit agency providing free civil (non-criminal) legal services to Maine residents age 60 years and older. LSE offers a statewide legal Hotline, which serves as an intake and referral center for most cases. Appropriate cases will be referred from the Hotline to one of the regional staff attorneys.


How can LSE help me?
  • Answer questions and give legal advice in person or over the phone

  • Speak with others on a client’s behalf

  • Meet with clients in their home

  • Make appropriate agency referrals, including referrals for criminal prosecution

  • Draft/revoke powers of attorney

  • Seek legal remedies in court-including protection from abuse and harassment orders, and civil recovery of financial/property losses

  • Defend against guardianship/conservatorship actions

  • Provide civil legal services in a wide array of related areas, including housing, consumer credit, long term care, public benefits and insurance


What LSE Staff CANNOT Do:
  • Represent an incapacitated elder (except via their legal guardian)

  • Speak with family, friends or service providers of a client without the client’s prior consent

  • Take any legal action not approved by our client

  • Initiate a guardianship/conservatorship proceeding