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Ending Elder Abuse: Why Do So Many Cases Go Unreported?

Garcia & Artigliere

Elder abuse is a tragic reality, both in the United States and throughout the world. Current statistics indicate that as many as 1 in 10 elderly people are the victims of neglect or abuse – physical, emotional, sexual and financial – and unfortunately, the real number is probably much higher. Sadly, many instances of elder abuse go unreported.

According to one study, only 1 in 14 cases of elder abuse is reported to authorities. Why do so many cases go unreported? Here are some of the reasons:

• The victim is suffering from dementia or is otherwise unable to communicate.
• The victim is immobile or very ill and unable to solicit outside help.
• The victim is afraid of retaliation from his or her abuser.
• The victim does not want to get his or her abuser in trouble – a particularly common reason when the abuser is a family member, as is often the case.
• The victim is ashamed and does not want to talk about the abuse.

Prevention can happen if people are more aware of these issues and any suspicions of abuse or neglect are reported as soon as possible. For those who do come forward, there is help. Elder law firms can provide legal guidance and protection to victims of elder abuse. Ending elder abuse starts with reporting cases as often as possible. If your loved one is a victim of abuse, contact an elder law professional as soon as possible.

If you need an elder abuse law firm, Garcia Artigliere & Medby can help. Call today at (800) 328-2630 or visit to learn more about your options.


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