Durham County is home to more than 35,000 residents 60 years of age or older and 34,000 residents 18 and older with disabilities. Durham County Department of Social Services receives over 650 reports of abuse, neglect, and exploitation annually.  Vulnerable and Older adults of all socio-economic, racial, and ethnic backgrounds may be targets of abuse, neglect or exploitation.


 In late January 2011 leaders from Durham and Wake County human services, medical, and public safety agencies gathered to develop a course of action addressing the need to raise awareness about the abuse of Vulnerable and Older adults in their respective communities. The project was made possible and funded in part by a grant from the Administration on Aging, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.  As a result, the coalition Partners Eliminating Adult Victimization in Durham (PEAVD) was formed.  PEAVD hosted its first meeting on Friday, March 4, 2011.  Representatives from the following agencies participate in PEAVD:

  • Durham County Department of Social Services
  • Triangle J Area Agency on Aging
  • The Durham Center
  • Durham District Attorney’s Office
  • Durham Center for Senior Living
  • Durham Crisis Response Center
  • Durham EMS
  • Durham Police Department
  • Durham Chapter of AARP
  • Durham Chapter of the National Alliance on Mental Illness
  • Durham Sheriff’s Department
  • Duke University Medical Center
  • Durham VA Medical Center
  • Durham Nursing Home & Adult Care Home Advisory Committee 
  • Durham Housing Authority
  • Lincoln Health Center


  •  All Vulnerable and Older Adults are inherently valuable and worthy.
  •  All Vulnerable and Older Adults should be free from abuse, neglect and exploitation.
  •  Forming and maintaining collaborative partnerships is critical to eliminating abuse, neglect, and exploitation.
  • Education and Public Awareness
  • Knowledge and Advocacy is a means of empowerment.