King County Council proclaims Elder Abuse Awareness Day

June 12, 2012

By Warren Kagarise

NEW — 10 a.m. June 12, 2012

King County Council members declared Friday as Elder Abuse Awareness Day to reflect concerns about the safety of vulnerable adults.

The proclamation encourages citizens to commit to building safer lives and safer community for elderly residents.

The council also highlighted the public and private agencies in the fight against elder abuse, including the King County Prosecutor’s Office and the King County Coalition Against Domestic Violence.

“As difficult as it is to believe, many cases of elder abuse involve their own family members,” Councilwoman Kathy Lambert, Law, Justice, Health and Human Services Committee chairwoman and the Issaquah representative, said in a statement. “Some older women who are victimized by partners or children are afraid to report it because of concerns about financial security. They need to know that help is available from our Prosecuting Attorney’s Office and victim advocates.”

King County prosecutors handle about 350 cases a year involving elder neglect, abuse or financial exploitation. The office includes a specially-trained unit to investigate and prosecute elder abuse cases.

Communities around the globe celebrate World Elder Abuse Awareness Day every June 15.

“Helping raise awareness of the important issue of elder abuse is something I am proud to be a part of,” Issaquah-area Councilman Reagan Dunn said in a statement. “We must continue to do all we can to protect the most vulnerable among us.”

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