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June is Elder Abuse Awareness Month

June 2023

Thursday, June 15 is World Elder Abuse Awareness Day, when we’re asked to ‘Build Strong Support for Elders.’ Since the beginning of the year, Elder Victim Ministry has worked with 90 violent crime victims (elder abuse, assault, domestic violence, violation of a protection order, menacing, threats) in Allen and Putnam Counties. Surveys reflect that in one year's time, one in 10 older adults become victims of elder abuse.

Elder abuse is significantly underreported. So, who is at risk? Women, people who are divorced or separated, people of color and those in poor health. Also, people living with a low income are more likely to be physically or psychologically abused. Elders with a higher income are more likely to be financially exploited.

Not surprisingly, studies indicate that elder abuse prevention involves social support. Crime Victim Services believes communities thrive when all members prevail over trauma and support one another. ELDER VICTIM MINISTRY provides strong social services for elder victims in the areas of safety, trauma informed care, justice system advocacy and legal and financial recovery. ELDER VICTIM MINISTRY also encourages people to be more intentional with their acquaintances and relationships, committing to participation in ongoing, in-person social networks. Connecting regularly helps us all not only show care for our older neighbors but also to monitor their wellbeing.

Elder Victim Ministry has helped over 5,000 elders prevail over the trauma of abuse, neglect, exploitation and other crimes, providing individualized recovery services. If you or someone you know is in need of support, reach out to an advocate today at 877.867.7273.

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