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Healthy Hearts, Healthy Minds, Healthy Homes: An Elder Abuse Awareness Event

On Friday, May 24, 2013, the Family Violence Coordinating Council (FVCC) in collaboration with Friendship Retirement Community sponsored “Healthy Hearts, Healthy Minds, Healthy Homes”. This public awareness event focused on elder abuse prevention in the Roanoke Valley.

The event was in partnership with several City of Roanoke agencies and the FVCC to educate the aging population about the different types of abuse as well as to create overall awareness in the community on this often silent topic.

May is Elder Abuse Awareness Month, but as we close in on May, it’s crucial that we continue to educate ourselves and others on elder abuse. According to recent statistics, there has been an increase in reports of adult abuse, neglect or exploitation from 2009 (15,625) to 2011 (17,936). During 2011, 59 percent of those reports were substantiated. The type of abuse substantiated is divided as follows: self-neglect 5,525, neglect 2,035, financial exploitation 1,044, physical abuse 674, mental abuse 629, other exploitation 255 and sexual abuse 79. (Adult Protective Services, 2013)

The FVCC’s core mission is to work together to improve and increase the resources available to deal with domestic and family violence. Please share the following resources to those in need:

Friendship Retirement Community did an excellent job capturing the event; please visit their Facebook Page to view pictures from the event: Click here!

Members of the FVCC hand one lucky participant his winning prize!
(photo credit: Friendship Retirement Community)

A huge thank you to Friendship Retirement Community, Fresh Market, and our Vendors for helping make this event a success!

The Family Violence Coordinating Council is a standing committee of the Council of Community Services. The FVCC is an interagency coalition of professionals that include human services agencies, attorneys, legal aid, judges, police officers and health care providers. The members work together to improve and increase the resources available to deal with domestic and family violence.