Report: South Carolina ranks at the bottom for protections against elder abuse

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Personal finance website WalletHub today released its report on 2018’s states with the best elder-abuse protections.

South Carolina's rank is dismal.

The Palmetto state ranks at the very bottom among 50 states and the District of Columbia for protections against elder abuse, according to WalletHub based on data across 14 key metrics.

The data set ranges from share of elder-abuse, gross-neglect and exploitation complaints to presence of financial elder-abuse laws.

According to the data:

  • South Carolina ties California with the highest elder abuse, gross neglect and exploitation complaints in the country.
  • South Carolina ties with six other states for least amount spent on elder-abuse prevention.

Overall, states with the best and worst elder-abuse protections are:


  • 1. Massachusetts
  • 2. Wisconsin
  • 3. Nevada
  • 4. Michigan
  • 5. Arizona


  • 47. Montana
  • 48. California
  • 49. New Jersey
  • 50. Wyoming
  • 51. South Carolina

What protections does South Carolina have?

South Carolina has protections against abuse of vulnerable adults, described as an adult over the age of 18 . Protections are in place to prevent physical, psychological and sexual abuse, exploitation, self-harm and neglect by a caregiver.

Those worried about abuse of a vulnerable adult can report abuse by clicking here or by calling the following numbers:

  • Charleston County - (843) 953-9400 (Press 2).
  • Berkeley County - 843-761-8033 (Press 3).
  • Dorchester County - (843) 821-0444 (Press 3)

Callers may remain anonymous.

To view the full WalletHub report by state, click here.

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