Safety, Protection & Legal Services

Page updated on May 18, 2011 at 1:14 PM

Are you at risk of physical abuse, financial exploitation or emotional abuse?  Have you witnessed any of this?  Are you living alone and need help in an emergency?  Is your neighborhood safe?

Adult Protective Services

Adult Protective Services provides intervention for persons over the age of 18 who are at risk of:

  • Abuse
  • Neglect
  • Exploitation

If you suspect that an adult is being abused, exploited, or no longer appears to be able to take care of him/herself, call 703-746-5778. A social worker will respond to your call during regular business hours (Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.).

  • There is no charge for this service;
  • You may remain anonymous, if you choose;
  •  If you believe the situation is an emergency, call 911

Link to Life

Link to Life provides an emergency help button that assists clients if they are having a medical emergency or need assistance for any reason.  The help button is lightweight, waterproof and you can wear it as either a pendant or on a wristband.  If you need assistance, just press the help button and you will speak directly to a Response Center operator through the base unit which allows for hands-free, two-way communication.  You will then let the operator know what your emergency is and if you need assistance.  If you are unable to answer the response operator, they assume there is an emergency and send help.  If there is an emergency, the operator contacts the appropriate medical personnel and shares the information you provided to them on your subscriber profile.  The operator will then contact the people you wish to be notified which you will give to Link to Life upon their initial installment of the unit.   If you are hospitalized, Link to Life can notify your contacts to request them check on your apartment/house, feed your pet, pick up your mail etc. They will always follow up after an emergency to check on your status and will make a call to you upon your return home.

The client will qualify for free service if the client is a resident of Alexandria City, has an income less than $1,462.05/month (135% of federal poverty level) and the client’s age is 60 or older and/or they are totally and/or permanently disabled.  There may be a waiting list to be subsidized.

To apply for this service call: 703-746-5999 ext. 5.  They will give your information to the Personal Emergency Response Program Manager who will contact you over the phone to complete a three page assessment instrument to ensure you qualify for free service. 

Ombudsman Program

The Northern Virginia Long-Term Care Ombudsman Program serves as the patient advocate for individuals living in nursing homes or assisted living facilities.

TRIAD / SALT Council

TRIAD / SALT Council is a three way partnership between the Sheriff’s Office, the Police Department and senior service agencies and seniors in the city.  The goal of TRIAD is to reduce criminal victimization of the elderly and to enhance the delivery of law enforcement service to older persons.  For more information call 703-746-5017. 

Project Lifesaver

Project Lifesaver is an innovative program aiding families suffering from Alzheimer’s disease, Autism and other related disorders that may cause family members to wander.  Project Lifesaver bracelets emit a tracking signal that can be tracked by a receiver on the ground or in the air.  For more information call 703-746-5151.

Legal Services

Legal Service of Northern Virginia provides legal counsel in many areas, but not in criminal or traffic matters.  They offer counsel in areas such as Medicare and Medicaid, long term care contracts, social security, debt collection, wills, powers of attorney and other areas.  For individuals age 60 or older counsel may be provided at no charge.  For more information contact their Alexandria office at 703-684-5566 or visit their website.

The Alexandria Bar Association has been serving the community for over 80 years.   Services include the Alexandria Lawyer Referral Service for discounted legal services.  For more information call 703-548-1106 or visit the ABA referral page.