Elder Abuse Awareness
Elder abuse is often a silent crime. Most of us never see it because most victims are abused behind closed doors by their own family members. And, too often, people who do see it choose not to get involved because it’s “none of my business.”
The law says it’s our business. Kentucky is a mandatory reporting state. (Reference KRS 209.030)
If you suspect elder abuse, you are legally required to report it. You can report abuse at the 24 hour toll free hotline 1-800-752-6200, calls can be made anonymously.
||You Have A Responsibility
In 2006, 3-5 million reports of adult abuse in the United States were received according to data collected from the Cabinet for Health and Human Services.
During State Fiscal Year 2007, the Kentucky Department for Community Based Services received 45,048 reports of adult abuse, 9,660 were for persons 60 and older.
This site includes:
- Lists of the signs of abuse so you can learn to recognize it when you see it;
- Statistics so you can get an idea of the scope of the problem;
- News releases so you can see what the state is doing about it;
- Real case histories that you can use for group discussions; and
- Posters and publications that you can print to inform others of this mostly invisible crime.
Remember, each time an older person is neglected, abused or killed, society loses the sum of a life that included:
- The courage gained from overcoming personal hardships and handicaps;
- The strength earned by surviving sorrows and overcoming fears; and
- The wisdom achieved through experience and compassion.
Please become a positive difference in the lives of older people and their families.