Raising Awareness of Adult Abuse in Virginia

According to the Virginia Adult Protective Services, they investigated more than 15,600 reports of adult abuse, neglect, and exploitation in the fiscal year of 2009. Fifty-nine percent of these reports turned out to be substantiated. This month, in recognition of Adult Abuse Prevention Month, many agencies are conducting a campaign to inform our community about the abuse of vulnerable adults. These agencies are hoping to bring the tragedy of adult abuse to the attention of our community.

There are many forms of adult abuse, including physical and mental abuse, neglect and self-neglect and financial exploitation. Abuse of elderly and disabled adults occurs in families and communities of all social, economic and racial backgrounds. In Virginia, APS investigates reports of adult abuse, neglect and exploitation and can arrange for a wide variety of services to stop the abuse and prevent further mistreatment. 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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