Schimel Announces Plan to Combat Elder Abuse
The state is introducing a plan to fight elder abuse across
General Brad Schimel announced a task force is recommending new legislation,
agency action, and resources for law enforcement to combat the issue.
provide several ways to prevent abuse. That includes allowing financial
institutions to block suspicious transactions that may be exploiting older
adults – creating a universal incident report for such cases, increasing
penalties for those committing crimes against vulnerable people, expedited hearings
for older victims, and adding a specialized elder abuse team.
the task force last year to develop solutions to address growing concerns. The
Department of Health Services says allegations of elder abuse, neglect, and
exploitation has increased 160-percent in