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This primer illustrates some of the connections and workflows that can exist in North Carolina’s elder protection system. This is not a comprehensive review of every possible action, option, or remedy available to help older adults who are victims of abuse, neglect, or exploitation. Rather, this primer is a summary-level snapshot that should be used in conjunction with the Legal Framework for North Carolina’s Elder Protection System (Legal Framework) and the companion website, which are more comprehensive resources.

Because the project funding originally focused on older adults, that is where the work in this roadmap began. Over time, we have expanded the resources and tools available through the Adult Protection Network to address concerns facing other adult populations as well. Although focused on older adults, this roadmap should be useful for officials who work with all adults in need of protection, including disabled adults and incompetent adults.