One State Finds That Elder Abuse is Rising

In one state, the number of reported cases of elder abuse and domestic violence are increasing, according to statistics by Bristol Elder Services, the State Department of Elderly Affairs and the Coalition of Coalition Against Domestic Violence.

The number of elder abuse and neglect claims reported last year was higher than in the past. A majority of those reported cases involved someone the alleged abuser knew. A spokesperson for the state Coalition Against Domestic Violence has said that they are seeing more and more reports of domestic violence against the elderly.

"If you have a frail, elderly person, who is being cared for at home, they are an easy target someone for that sense of control. So the abuse can take a number of forms. It's not just the typical physical abuse that you may think of," she said.  For those being abused, the state is working to inform them that there is help available. Help is also available for family members who feel overwhelmed with providing care for a parent. For more, read the story.

Robert W. Carter, Jr. is a Virginia attorney whose law practice is dedicated to protecting the rights of the victims of nursing home and assisted living neglect and abuse in Richmond, Roanoke, Norfolk, Lynchburg, Danville, Charlottesville, and across Virginia.

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