13 June 2014
More Than 6,000 Cases Of Elder Abuse
There Were More Than 6,000 Cases Of Elder Abuse
In Wisconsin Last Year
Thursday, June 12, 2014, 6:47pm
By Shamane Mills
Last year there were more than 6,200 cases of suspected elder abuse reported in Wisconsin, and with World Elder Abuse Awareness Day coming up on Sunday, officials are trying to get the word out to prevent more cases from occurring.
“Elder abuse” has a specific meaning under Wisconsin law. The term applies to anyone over age 60 and refers to a wide array of offenses: treatment without consent, physical and mental abuse, or financial exploitation.
“Statistics show that (the) elderly in our community who are abused financially are the most reluctant to come forward, because often times it involves family members,” said Mahoney.
Read more: http://www.wpr.org/there-were-more-6000-cases-elder-abuse-wisconsin-last-year