March 01, 2014 EXP

Resources for Fighting Elder Abuse—The Hidden Crime

By Brenda K. Uekert, Richard Van Duizend

Elder abuse is a growing concern among an increasingly graying population. While few obvious cases might be seen in the justice system, an underlying issue can present in a variety of ways. In many communities, awareness of elder abuse is lacking and the response insufficient. This situation offers an opportunity for justice agencies to “get ahead of the curve” and engage in proactive efforts to identify and address the problem before it reaches crisis levels. National-scope resources are available, most of which can be adapted to meet local requirements. Through education, collaboration, and application, leaders in the justice system can make a positive difference by providing timely justice for older victims of elder abuse, neglect, and exploitation.

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