The National Coalition Against Domestic Violence reports that:
- Every year, approximately 4 million older Americans are victims of physical, psychological and/or other forms of abuse and neglect.
- Over 75% of physical abuse on elder adults is perpetrated by a family member
June 15th was World Elder Abuse Awareness Day (WEAAD), when we focused on promoting year-round education, advocacy and prevention on this global issue. We encouraged everyone to participate in a WEAAD social media campaign produced by the Ageless Alliance, the National Center on Elder Abuse and the Administration for Community Living – HHS, by finishing the sentence,”We can build strong supports for elders by …,” and posting photos with our cards on our channels. It’s not too late to get in involved, just print the card below and share on your fave social channel with the hashtag, #WEAAD.
Here are some some of our awesome staff posts:
If you or someone you know is experiencing elder abuse on St. Croix, please dial 911 from a landline or 340.772.9111, from a mobile phone in an emergency. Please contact the Women’s Coalition of St. Croix for information on free and confidential supportive services available to you and your family, including 24-hour crisis intervention with a compassionate, trained volunteer advocate. You are not alone!