Monday, September 22, 2014

DOJ Launches Elder Justice Website

Dianne De La Mare


The US Department of Justice (DOJ) has launched a new website in an effort to further prevent and combat elder abuse and financial exploitation, according the the agency’s press release. The Elder Justice Website will serve as a resource for elder abuse prosecutors, researchers, practitioners and for victims of elder abuse and their families. The website also will serve as a forum for law enforcement and elder justice policy communities to share information and enhance public awareness about potential elder abuse.

As reported previously, protecting older Americans is one of the DOJ’s top priorities, as evidence shows that nearly 1 in 10 people over the age of 60 suffer abuse and neglect. Older Americans also are targeted by consumer scams, health care fraud and financial exploitation. A DOJ spokesperson, Assistant Attorney General Delery, says “the website provides resources and a means for improved communication among prosecutors, supports victims and families, and establishes a mechanism for collaboration for researchers and practitioners.”

To view the DOJ press release on the website go to http://www.justice.gov/opa/pr/justice-officials-meet-key-stakeholders-launch-elder-justice-website.

To view the DOJ website go to http://www.justice.gov/elderjustice/.

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