United States Justice Department Provides a Grant to Help Protect the Elderly

Stop elder abuseA $925,000 grant was just given to the state of Nevada to help prevent abuse and exploitation of the elderly

The United States Justice Department’s office on violence against women recently awarded the Nevada attorney general’s office a grant to fund programs to help law enforcement serve elder victims of partner and caregiver violence, exploitation, stalking and neglect.

The plan is for three teams of trainers to be formed to serve Clark County, Washoe County and rural Nevada communities. A fourth team is also planned to serve the entire state. The team will consist of members from the Nevada Aging and Disability Service Division, the Inter-Tribal Council of Nevada, prosecutors, and members of law enforcement.

The teams will train law enforcement officers across the state, as well as judges, prosecutors, and victim service providers. The teams also will coordinate with the Nevada Network Against Domestic Violence.

Nevada Attorney General Adam Laxalt said the state will strive to increase awareness about elder care and improve the response of statewide law enforcement to the abuse and exploitation of Nevada’s elders with the receipt of this competitive grant award.

“We look forward to working closely with our grant partners to assist local jurisdictions in addressing victim safety and perpetrator accountability,” he remarked.  

If you have been following my blog posts you know that many states across our union have made protecting seniors from abuse and exploitation a priority.  Virginia has yet to embrace this mission in spite of the fact that many counties in Virginia, York County is one, have more than the national average of seniors citizens living in their communities.  Heck, we don't even offer adult day care in the City of Williamsburg, James City or York counties.  Its time to do more to protect this vulnerable population. If you can think of a ways to help, we want to hear from you; call or email us and let's talk.

Reference: Las Vegas Review-Journal (October 6, 2016) “Nevada attorney general’s office receives grant to prevent elder abuse”


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