June 15, 2018

World Elder Abuse Awareness Day

In California, elder abuse is significantly underreported. For every case of elder or dependent adult abuse known to agencies, 24 are unreported.  In honor of World Elder Abuse Awareness Day (WEAAD), June 15th, Workforce Development, Aging and Community Services (WDACS) is teaming up with older adult advocates from throughout the state to educate our communities, elected officials, and law enforcement about elder and dependent adult abuse during the KNOW ABUSE REPORT ABUSE campaign to help increase reporting.  Residents can share their concerns by visiting the campaign website at http://elderabuseawareness.c4a.info/ where they can download resources, find information on local services and reach out to their local officials by e-mail.

There are many types of elder and dependent adult abuse, some more obvious than others.  Physical, mental, sexual, and financial abuse, as well as neglect and self-neglect are recognized in state law as forms of elder and dependent adult abuse.  Reports for all types of elder and dependent adult abuse are on the rise.

There are a number of indicators that may point to abuse, including:

  • Lack of adequate food, water and other amenities
  • Dirty clothing and changes in personal hygiene
  • Bruises, black eyes, broken bones
  • Bloody, ripped or stained clothing, sheets
  • Harassment, coercion, intimidation, humiliation
  • Unexplained purchases by the primary caregiver

The County of Los Angeles has a 24-hour hotline for reporting abuse of older adults and disabled adults who may be physically or financially abused, neglected, or exploited. To report suspected abuse of an elder or disabled adult, please call (877) 477-3646 or you may report online at https://wdacs.lacounty.gov/programs/aps/

WEAAD 2018
June 15, 2018

World Elder Abuse Awareness Day

In California, elder abuse is significantly underreported. For every case of elder or dependent adult abuse known to agencies, 24 are unreported.  In honor of World Elder Abuse Awareness Day (WEAAD), June 15th, Workforce Development, Aging and Community Services (WDACS) is teaming up with older adult advocates from throughout the state to educate our communities, elected officials, and law enforcement about elder and dependent adult abuse during the KNOW ABUSE REPORT ABUSE campaign to help increase reporting.  Residents can share their concerns by visiting the campaign website at http://elderabuseawareness.c4a.info/ where they can download resources, find information on local services and reach out to their local officials by e-mail.

There are many types of elder and dependent adult abuse, some more obvious than others.  Physical, mental, sexual, and financial abuse, as well as neglect and self-neglect are recognized in state law as forms of elder and dependent adult abuse.  Reports for all types of elder and dependent adult abuse are on the rise.

There are a number of indicators that may point to abuse, including:

  • Lack of adequate food, water and other amenities
  • Dirty clothing and changes in personal hygiene
  • Bruises, black eyes, broken bones
  • Bloody, ripped or stained clothing, sheets
  • Harassment, coercion, intimidation, humiliation
  • Unexplained purchases by the primary caregiver

The County of Los Angeles has a 24-hour hotline for reporting abuse of older adults and disabled adults who may be physically or financially abused, neglected, or exploited. To report suspected abuse of an elder or disabled adult, please call (877) 477-3646 or you may report online at https://wdacs.lacounty.gov/programs/aps/

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