June is World Elder Abuse Month
The International Network for the Prevention of Elder Abuse and the World Health Organization at the United Nations (UN) launched the first World Elder Abuse Awareness Day (WEAAD) on June 15, 2006 in an effort to unite communities around the world in raising awareness about elder abuse.
WEAAD serves as a call-to-action for our communities to raise awareness about abuse, neglect, and exploitation of elders, and reaffirm our country’s commitment to the principle of justice for all.
Elder abuse is widespread. Every year an estimated 1 in 10 older Americans are victims of elder abuse, neglect, or exploitation. Experts believe that elder abuse is significantly under-reported.
In addition to abuse, neglect, and financial exploitation reports, we also take reports of self-neglect for individuals 60 and older and persons with disabilities (ages 18 – 59). Calls of concern about individuals who are not taking care of themselves or who are living in an unsafe environments can also be made to Catholic Charities by calling 815-933-7791 or to the 24 hour hotline: 866-800-1409.
Abuse isn’t always intentional and it can happen in any home.
Information and resources regarding abuse:
Click here to learn more about forms of abuse and neglect.
Click here to find out who is a mandated reporter in Illinois.
Reporting Abuse: What Professionals Need to Know
Adult Protective Services Hotline 1-866-800-1409 (24 hour)