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Court Officials and Staff Meet to Stop Elder Abuse

Each year, more than two million vulnerable and older adults are victims of abuse, neglect and exploitation, and research shows that they are three times more likely to die within 10 years than those who are not.

In 2013, more than 21,000 reports of abuse, neglect or exploitation of vulnerable and older adults were made to North Carolina's 100 county Departments of Social Services. Reports were from doctors, family members and concerned citizens in our communities.

Anyone who suspects that a vulnerable or older adult is in need of protection is required by North Carolina law to report this information to the Adult Protective Services division of the Department of Social services in the county where the adult resides. A recent law (N.C. General Statute 108A-102) makes it mandatory to report suspicion of abuse.

May 9 through June 16 is Vulnerable Elder Abuse Awareness Month in North Carolina. Clerks of superior court and magistrates from throughout the state are participating in the Elder Abuse Awareness Symposium to learn how they can support the safety, welfare and dignity of North Carolina's vulnerable and older adults. They urge all North Carolinians to work together and refuse to tolerate the indignity of elder abuse.

The Symposium is hosted by the North Carolina Conference of Superior Court through funding provided by the N.C. Association of Clerks of Superior Court and the Governor's Crime Commission.

Lorrin Freeman, Clerk of Superior Court, Wake County; President, N.C. Conference of Clerks of Superior Court; Dr. Michele A. Haber, MD, MS, MPH, Geriatrics Consulting Services, Greensboro; Cheryl J. Moody, Assistant Clerk, Wake County; Caroline Farmer, Deputy Director, N.C. Attorney General's Office, Department of Justice; Sara W. Trexler, CFP, senior vice president, Trust Services, State Employees Credit Union; Bill Burlington, legal officer, assistant clerk, Wake County Clerk of Superior Court Office; Renae Minor, adult protective services consultant, N.C. Department of Health and Human Services, Division of Aging and Adult Services; Kimberly N. Overton, chief resource prosecutor, N.C. Conference of District Attorneys; Jeff Haynes, chief deputy, Haywood County Sheriff's Office

Campbell University Law School, 225 Hillsborough St., Raleigh, 27603; Room 313. Suggested parking is in the City of Raleigh Municipal Parking Deck, 201 West Morgan St. Parking fees: first 15 minutes are free; $1/30 minutes; $12 maximum charge.

Abuse, neglect and exploitation of North Carolina's older adults must stop.

Speakers will be available to answer media questions.
Publish Date: 05/19/2014
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