One State Pushes Elder Abuse Legislation Forward

A representative from one state said efforts are under way that could help improve elder abuse reporting as well as make stiffer laws for those who take advantage of the state's senior population. Legislation has been introduced that would establish the Interagency Council For the Prevention of Elder Abuse (Elder Abuse Prevention Act).

She said 17 state agencies have been identified as sharing responsibility in the prevention of elder abuse, healing elder abuse victims and prosecuting offenders. These agencies, along with five other groups that include the state bar, sheriff's association, probate judges association, the coalition against domestic violence and the State 911 Network, would make up the interagency council.

The director of the Franklin County Department of Human Resources, said the growth of the senior population has made the issue of elder abuse is of vital importance. He also says that the legislation would promote new resources to help battle the growing amount of elder abuse.For more, read the story.

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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.