The Prosecutor’s Office in Pierce County, Washington is getting a $200,000 boost to its budget to combat elder abuse. With the increased funds, the County’s Elder Fraud and Abuse team will consist of two deputy prosecutors and a legal assistant. Until now only one deputy prosecutor was assigned to elder abuse cases.
County Prosecutor Mark Lindquist says that the office’s elder abuse caseload has increased every year since they began targeting these cases. The likely cause of the increasing caseload is an increased public awareness of the elder abuse problem. Lindquist says that his office has always prosecuted elder abuse cases, but is now focusing on the unique needs of elderly victims. Elderly victims are particularly vulnerable, suffer from memory loss, and are often ashamed of reporting their victimization.
If you suspect that a loved one is a victim of elder abuse, Aidikoff Law can help you.
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Content in this blog is attributed to an article by Debbie Cafazzo for The News Tribune.