Only 1 in 14 cases of elder abuse ever comes to the attention of authorities
ARLINGTON, VA (PRWEB) June 13, 2013
June 14, 2013 is World Elder Abuse Awareness Day, and to help increase awareness, the National Crime Prevention Council (NCPC) is distributing new elder abuse prevention resources that can be found on its website at http://www.ncpc.org/crimesagainstseniors. The first step to combating elder abuse is awareness of the issue.
“NCPC is here to help you spot abuse and report it. All of us at NCPC—our Board of Directors, staff, and partners—are proud to unveil new tools to help protect seniors from the devastation of abuse. We have tools for every venue and for every setting to help increase awareness and action,” said Ann M. Harkins, NCPC’s President and CEO.
Thanks to funding from the Bureau of Justice Assistance at the U.S. Department of Justice, the National Crime Prevention Council has developed a comprehensive suite of educational materials to help prevent crimes against seniors. NCPC has and is continuing to develop public service ads for radio and television, online news segments, a podcast series, an easy-to-use toolkit, and a virtual conference.
With America’s growing elderly population, elder abuse is an increasing problem, and an overwhelming number of cases of abuse, neglect, and exploitation already go undetected and untreated each year, according to the National Center on Elder Abuse (NCEA).
The National Research Council’s report, “Elder mistreatment: Abuse, neglect and exploitation in an aging America” estimated that only 1 in 14 cases of elder abuse ever comes to the attention of authorities, and the New York State Elder Abuse Prevalence Study, “Under the Radar,” found that for every case known to programs and agencies, 24 were unknown.
Everyone can help protect millions of seniors by raising awareness of elder abuse this June 14. Share NCPC’s tips and resources on elder abuse and financial fraud, such as the new posters, palm cards, fliers, and the online news segments.
About the National Crime Prevention Council
The National Crime Prevention Council is the nonprofit leader in crime prevention. For more than 30 years, our symbol of safety, McGruff the Crime Dog®, has delivered easy-to-use crime prevention tips that protect what matters most—you, your family, and your community. Law enforcement agencies nationwide rely on our expertise to make an impact on personal safety and crime every day. For more information on how NCPC can be a public safety expert for you or how to “Take A Bite Out Of Crime®,” visit http://www.ncpc.org.
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