Authorities announce new local coalition to fight elder abuse

ALBEMARLE COUNTY, Va. (NEWSPLEX) — Wednesday marked Elder Abuse Awareness Day and local authorities took the opportunity to formally announce the creation of a new task force to fight the growing issue.

The Jefferson Area Coalition to End Elder Abuse will be made up of several law enforcement agencies, the FBI, JABA, Adult Protective services and more.

Together, the coalition will communicate and cooperate to better prevent, identify and prosecute elder abuse and exploitation.

“Ten thousand Americans turn 65 every day so the number of older Americans grows daily as does the threat to our elderly population,” said Albemarle County Commonwealth’s Attorney Robert Tracci.

Tracci said the threat comes in the form of physical, emotional, sexual and financial abuse. continue reading