The Nampa Family Justice Center (NFJC) invites the community to join them the month of June for Elder Abuse Awareness Month, as well as World Elder Abuse Awareness Day on June 15, 2021, and to learn about the signs and impact of elder abuse in our culture.
According to the National Council on Aging, approximately one in ten Americans aged 60 and over have experienced some form of elder abuse. Some estimates cite as many as five million elders are abused each year and only 1 in 24 cases of abuse are reported to authorities. The annual loss by victims of financial abuse is estimated to be at least $36.5 billion.
Since 2012, the Nampa Family Justice Center has been serving victims of elder abuse and financial exploitation. Lana McCullough, one of the first elder advocates at the Nampa Family Justice Center and current volunteer shared, “Elder abuse is a term most of us are at least vaguely familiar with. But how many of us really know the impact those words have on our community’s older citizens? One in 10 suffer in silence by being threatened, coerced, isolated, emotionally abused and even worse. This can be happening in plain sight to anyone you know: your neighbor, aunt, grandmother, or church member. Elder abuse includes losing money, dignity, health and physical abuse, many times by people closest to them. Social isolation and dependency make them easy targets for abuse. They deserve our protection and I challenge the community to learn the signs of elder abuse and get involved.”
As World Elder Abuse Awareness Day approaches on June 15, the Nampa Family Justice Center encourages each person to examine ways we can support our elders and ensure they are surrounded with positive and caring people. Throughout the month of June, the Nampa Family Justice Center will share facts, stories, and information on elder abuse through their Facebook and Instagram pages. During the week of June 14-19, there will be several activities the community can participate in to help promote elder abuse awareness and to show our concern and care for the elderly in our community. The Nampa Family Justice Center has advocates available to help survivors of abuse create safety plans, file for protection orders, and offers many other on-site free services. Additionally, partner agencies are on-site, making it easier for individuals to receive assistance. Call 208-475-5700 to schedule an appointment, or visit us (1305 3rd St. S. Nampa, ID 83651) during business hours Monday-Friday 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.