A report recently released by the Virginia Department of Social Services and Adult Protective Services illuminates that abuse of vulnerable adults is at a record high. In 2011, there were 17,936 reports of abuse submitted to Adult Protective Services. Of those reports, approximately 59% were substantiated.
The reports to adult protective services where overwhelmingly related to the care and treatment of the elderly. Seventy-one percent were victims 60 years of older. The highest number of reports per locality came from the Fairfax area, Richmond City, Staunton/Augusta/Waynesboro, Roanoke City, Roanoke County/Salem, and Lynchburg City. For more, read the annual report.
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.
Posted on Sun, April 15, 2012
by Kristie Pierce