GOSHEN – World Elder Abuse Awareness Day is meant to raise the understanding about elder abuse and neglect and in Goshen, Orange County officials marked the day on Wednesday by calling attention to the issue.
“Elder abuse can take many forms, including physical abuse and financial exploitation,” said County Executive Steven Neuhaus. He said many seniors do not report abuse because of the fear of retaliation.
“Orange County has a variety of programs for elder abuse victims and we encourage them to come forward and seek help,” the county executive said.
District Attorney David Hoovler said the “only way to effectively reduce elder abuse is to raise awareness about it.”
County Social Services Commissioner Darcie Miller said approximately one in 10 seniors are subjected to abuse, neglect and/or financial exploitation.
Safe Homes of Orange County also provides comprehensive non-residential and residential services to victims of domestic violence in the county. They provide a 24-hour hotline at 888-503-HOPE (4673).
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World Elder Abuse Awareness Day observed in Orange County