MEDIA CONTACTDivision of Children and Family Services PIO Garret Swanson, (402) 480-0883, Garret.Swanson@Nebraska.Gov
Call Hotline at 800-652-1999 if Elder Abuse is Suspected
Lincoln, Neb. – June 15 commemorates World Elder Abuse Awareness Day (WEAAD), a day for people and organizations to get informed and take action to protect older individuals against elder abuse. Elder abuse refers to intentional or negligent acts by a caregiver or trusted individual that causes harm to an older person. Elder abuse can include:
Sadly, elder abuse is widespread. Past studies have found that 5 million, or 1 in 10 older Americans experience elder abuse. It is also significantly under-identified and under-reported. A recent study estimated that for every case known to programs and agencies, 24 cases were unknown. In addition, the FBI estimated financial abuse and exploitation of older Americans costs more than $3 billion in losses annually.
If Nebraskans have reason to believe a vulnerable adult is being abused, neglected, or exploited, call the 24-hour toll-free hotline at 1-800-652-1999 OR local law enforcement. Language lines are available for non-English speakers. The Nebraska Child and Adult Abuse and Neglect Hotline operates 24-hours a day, 365 days a year. For more resources, please visit www.dhhs.ne.gov/weaad.
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