Stewart Bell, PLLC Recognizes World Elder Abuse Awareness Day
Posted on behalf of Stewart Bell, PLLC on Jun 15, 2015 in Community Involvement
June 15, 2015 is World Elder Abuse Awareness Day. Stewart Bell, PLLC encourages residents of our state to take a moment to recognize elder abuse.
This global initiative is devoted to recognizing and raising awareness about how vulnerable elders all over the world are subjected to physical, emotional and financial abuse.
Stewart Bell, PLLC is devoted to ensuring that elderly individuals are not victimized whether here in America or anywhere abroad.
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Elder Abuse: Silently Ubiquitous
The event is sponsored by the International Network for the Prevention of Elder Abuse (INPEA) and today marks the 6th Annual WEAAD.
Communities across the globe, including: governments, states, local organizations, and innumerable non-profit organizations will get together to promote the understanding of how elderly individuals are abused and neglected.
Unfortunately, numerous studies have found that elder abuse is among the most underreported forms of abuse. Whether elderly individuals reside with families, are confined to nursing homes or other long-term care facilities, elder abuse is rampant.
Elderly individuals are subject to abuse in many forms, including:
- Financial theft
- Physical and sexual abuse
- Verbal and emotional abuse
According to the INPEA, at least five percent of elderly individuals are abused within the confines of their own homes, often by unscrupulous family members. Additionally, another 40 percent are subject to abuse in nursing homes and other residential facilities.
Reducing Elder Abuse: What You Can Do to Help
In West Virginia, there are numerous state agencies that accept reports of elder abuse, including:
- West Virginia Adult Protective Services
- West Virginia Bureau of Senior Services
- West Virginia Long Term Care Ombudsman
- West Virginia Office of Attorney General
The state offers a hotline that is open 24/7: to report abuse in an adult facility call 1 (800) 352-6513.
Elder Abuse Law Firm
The lawyers at Stewart Bell, PLLC have devoted a substantial part of their legal practice to helping elderly individuals and their families get financial compensation when their rights have been violated.
Let our attorneys help your loved ones regain their dignity.