Older people in our communities have rights including a right to be safe and to be treated with dignity and respect; however, thousands of adults who have disabilities are abused, neglected, and exploited in Alabama each year.
To help raise awareness of elder abuse, communities and professionals across the nation and the world unite annually on June 15 to observe World Elder Abuse Awareness Day. Activities in Cherokee County include asking our community members to join us in wearing purple to promote awareness of elder abuse, neglect, and extortion in our county.
June 15 is also the day set aside to promote this year’s national theme, Finish this Sentence Campaign, “We Can Build Strong Supports for Elders by…..” One simple thing everyone can do on June 15 to raise awareness of elder abuse is wear the color purple. Purple is the color nationally recognized to represent elder abuse awareness.
“Because the elderly are often dependent on others for their care and may become isolated, they are primary targets for abuse, neglect and exploitation,” said Cherokee County Department of Human Resources Director Kristie Crabtree. “Sadly, victims are most often abused, neglected and exploited by individuals who are known and trusted by the elderly person,” added Director Kristie Crabtree. “Our community partners can help by reporting suspected abuse, neglect, and exploitation and by assisting DHR in arranging services to protect those individuals who cannot protect themselves. They are essential to assisting DHR in ensuring the safety and wellbeing of the elderly.”
DHR is responsible for the investigation of adult abuse, neglect, and exploitation. In FY 2016, DHR investigated over 9,000 reports of suspected abuse, neglect, and exploitation of vulnerable adults statewide, which included elderly persons.
Please help us protect or vulnerable citizens who have contributed so much to our community. If you suspect mistreatment of an elderly person or an adult person who has disabilities, please call Cherokee County DHR at 256-927-1440.
Reports may be made toll free to Adult Abuse Hotline 1-800-458-7214. Reports may also be made online at firstname.lastname@example.org, or to your local County Department of Human Resources. All reports are confidential and may be made anonymously.