Elder abuse has been on the rise during the COVID-19 pandemic. The Eliza Bryant Village Elder Justice Center is open, accepting guests, and we are here to help you and your clients. Take a virtual tour of our Elder Justice Center!
Elder abuse is a severe and growing problem. COVID-19 brings us all daily challenges, and the changes to our daily lives are not helping older adults experiencing abuse, violence, trauma, or criminal victimization. Elder abuse may be increasing because of:
· Social isolation – Seniors are isolated from systems that can protect them.
· Work from home – Seniors may have more difficulty finding time apart from their abuser with new “work-life” balance changes as more of us are working from home. The National Council on Aging reports that in almost 60% of elder abuse and neglect incidents, the perpetrator is a family member. Two-thirds of the perpetrators are adult children or spouses.
The Elder Justice Center is a safe space for elderly victims of crime, abuse, violence, or trauma. During COVID-19, we are accepting referrals for qualifying guests that include:
· 62 years of age or older.
· Experienced one or more of the following types of abuse (physical, sexual, psychological, financial) or is at risk for experiencing such abuse.
· Referred to the Elder Justice Center by a community or governmental organization.
· In need of a temporary safe space and agrees to be placed in a temporary safe space.