World Elder Abuse Awareness Day is Wednesday, June 15. Everyone is encouraged to wear purple that day to help spread awareness against elder abuse.
Every year approximately 5 million older Americans are victims of elder abuse, neglect, or exploitation. However, many elder abuse victims remain silent and their cases go unreported. Often times the abuse incurred by the victim comes from those they depend on and more rarely strangers which makes reporting the abuser difficult.
Unfortunately, there are many in Davis County who experience elder abuse. “According to Adult Protective Service there were 486 investigated cases of elder abuse in Davis County for 2015,” said Kristy Cottrell, division director for Davis County Health Department’s Senior Services.
Cottrell encourages anyone who may have been a victim of abuse to make a report with Utah’s Adult Protective Services or contact their local law enforcement office. Adult Protective Services can be reached 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, at 1-800-371-7897. In an emergency, always dial 911.