Elder Abuse

Cheyenne Regional Medical Center (CRMC)’s forensic nurses are specially trained to assist in the care of the abused elder and/or vulnerable adult.

Working collaboratively with other disciplines within the community, our forensic nurses can:

  • Assist in documentation of events, photographs of injuries (if applicable), and reporting to appropriate authorities
  • Assist in setting up a safe place to stay, such as Safehouse or other services, if needed
  • Assist in contacting advocacy
  • Conducting a forensic medical evaluation of the elderly or vulnerable adult
  • Provide documentation of injuries and/or neglect

Types of elder abuse

Not all abuse is physical. If you are experiencing any of the behaviors below and would like to speak with someone, please call the CRMC Forensic Nursing Office at (307) 633-7610.

  • Physical abuse is when an elder experiences abuse resulting in physical injury, illness, pain, distress, impairment, disability, or death
  • Financial abuse is the unauthorized, illegal, or improper use of benefits belonging to an elder, such as money, assets, or property, when used to benefit someone other than the elder
  • Neglect is the failure to meet the basic needs of an older adult, such as food, shelter, hygiene, clothing, water, and essential medical care
  • Emotional abuse refers to the verbal or nonverbal behaviors that inflict mental pain, fear or distress in an older adult (harassment, humiliation, threats, or isolation)
  • Sexual abuse involves forced or unwanted sexual interaction in any form, including sexual harassment

Community resources

Our community is full of resources to help you advocate for yourself, find support, and offer guidance. You are not alone; we are here to help!

  • Cheyenne Regional Medical Center (CRMC)
    – Main: (307) 634-2273
    – Emergency Department: (307) 633-7670
    – Sex Assault Coordinator: (307) 633-7610
    – Behavioral Health: (307) 633-7382
    – Victim Helpline: (888) 996-8816
  • Cheyenne Laramie County Public Health: (307) 633-4000
  • Family Planning: (307) 633-4040
  • Peak Wellness: (307) 634-9653
  • Human Trafficking Hotline: (888) 373-7888
  • Safe House: (307) 634-8655
  • National Domestic Violence Hotline: (800) 799-7233
  • Suicide Hotlines: (800) 457-9312, (800) SUICIDE
  • Wyoming Office of Victim Services: (307) 777-7200
  • US Attorney Victim Program: (307) 772-2124
  • Burns Police Department: (307) 547-2252
  • Cheyenne Police Department: (307) 637-6519
  • Laramie County Sheriff’s Office: (307) 633-4700
  • Pine Bluffs Police Department: (307) 245-3777
  • FE Warren AFB Response Coordinator: (307) 773-6444