Alabama’s Response to Elder Abuse

The elderly population and disabled adults in our state and communities have the right to feel safe and to be treated with dignity and respect. Unfortunately, this is not the case for every elderly individual and disabled adult in our state.

According to the Department of Human Resources, based upon reports from the previous years, thousands of elderly individuals and disabled adults have been and are being abused, neglected and exploited in Alabama every year.

In an effort to promote elder abuse awareness, agencies, organizations, communities and professionals around the world will unite on June 15 to observe World Elder Abuse Awareness Day.

The national theme for this year’s observance is “Lifting up Voices.” The nationally recognized color to represent elder abuse awareness is purple.

“We are asking each community member to please wear purple throughout the month of June, particularly on the 15th,” DHR officials said.

Unfortunately, victims are most often abused, neglected and exploited by persons who are known and trusted by the elderly person or disabled adult,” added DeKalb County Department of Human Resources DiThe Department of Human Resources (DHR) is responsible for investigating reports of abuse, neglect and exploitation regarding the elderly and disabled adults.

In FY 2018, DHR investigated approximately 10,780 reports of suspected abuse, neglect and exploitation of vulnerable adults statewide, which included elderly individuals and disabled adults.

DHR is requesting the assistance of all community members to help with protecting our vulnerable citizens as they have contributed so much to society.

If you suspect an elderly person or an adult with disabilities is being mistreated, please contact DeKalb County DHR at 256-844-2700 to make a report.

Reports may also be made, toll free, to the Adult Abuse Hotline, 1-800-458-7214, and via online at aps@dhr.alabama.gov.

All reports are confidential and may be made anonymously.

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