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.
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