AG Kaul Advises Wisconsinites to be Alert to Increases in Elder Abuse
MADISON, Wis. – Attorney General Josh Kaul is recognizing World Elder Abuse Awareness Day, June 15, 2020, by emphasizing resources available to help protect Wisconsin’s older adults from mistreatment and Wisconsin’s new Elder Abuse Hotline: www.ReportElderAbuseWI.org and 1-833-586-0107.
"It is important for Wisconsinites to be aware of the signs of, and to report, elder abuse and exploitation,” said Attorney General Kaul. "The Wisconsin Department of Justice is committed to preventing the victimization of seniors.”
Reports of Elder Abuse in Wisconsin increased by nearly 171% between 2001 and 2018, as shown in findings by the Wisconsin Bureau of Aging and Disability Resources. https://www.dhs.wisconsin.gov/publications/p00124a.pdf
According to the World Health Organization, Elder Abuse is “a single, or repeated act, or lack of appropriate action, occurring within any relationship where there is an expectation of trust which causes harm or distress to an older person.” Elder Abuse can be verbal, physical, emotional, sexual or financial. It can also be intentional or unintentional neglect. https://www.who.int/ageing/projects/elder_abuse/en/
For help and information on Elder Abuse in Wisconsin, please learn more from the resources listed below.
Wisconsin Elder Abuse Website & Hotline
Available for community members and victims for assistance in obtaining needed resources and making referrals to local authorities.
Website: www.ReportElderAbuseWI.org and Hotline: 1-833-586-0107.
Programs and Services for Older Adults
Wisconsin Elder Adults-at-Risk Help Lines
Local Aging and Disability Resource Centers (ADRC)
Wisconsin Senior Guide (free PDF download)
For seniors and their caregivers, the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection’s guide is a source of information on consumer issues and scams that the state’s elderly residents face.