Elder Abuse Outreach and Prevention Campaign
With millions of elderly citizens becoming victims of abuse each year in Pennsylvania and nationwide, the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Deliquency (PCCD) and the state Department of Aging have embarked on a campaign to increase awareness of elder abuse, including resources and services available to victims and their loved ones.
In Pennsylvania alone, more than 14,000 cases of elder abuse were reported in 2009. However, experts believe many cases go unreported because victims are afraid to come forward or simply don't know where to turn.
The most frequent types of reports received by the state's 52 Area Agencies on Aging continue to be neglect, financial explotation and emotional abuse.
To better educate older adults and caregivers, PCCD and the Department of Aging have collaborated on a statewide campaign that includes radio ads and pharmacy bags. They will feature the state's toll-free elder abuse hotline number (1-800-490-8505) and the Pennsylvania Crime Victims' website (www.pacrimevictims.com). The campaign also includes community and church outreach in Philadelphia and Pittsburgh.
Calls to the elder abuse hotline, 1-800-490-8505, will be automatically directed to the nearest Area Agency on Aging for prompt response. Reports can be made anonymously.
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