Colorful pinwheels will dot the lawn at the Municipal Building and Police Department in recognition of World Elder Abuse the week of June 10th – June 14th. The Elder Justice Project and the Alamance County Department of Social Services (DSS) Adult Services Division provided the pinwheels. This is a county-wide campaign to show unity across the law enforcement community (and across the nation) to fight elder abuse.
As part of this multi-jurisdictional approach to bring awareness to Elder Abuse, Alamance County law enforcement agencies are participating in an event on Friday, June 14th from 8:30 – 9:15 a.m. at the Historic Courthouse in Graham. The event is to commemorate World Elder Abuse Awareness. There will be a brief program during which Chief District Court Judge Brad Allen will speak. We hope you will attend.
Beginning in 2016, the Elon police department has been a primary partner along with Alamance County, Family Abuse Services of Alamance County, the DSS Adult Protective Services unit, and the District Attorney’s Office, when Alamance County received a $350,000 three-year grant from the Office of Violence Against Women. The purpose of this grant was to address elder abuse in our community by training service providers, law enforcement, and judicial officials to create a multi-disciplinary team to respond to cases of elder abuse. Lt. Mark Sweat has played a major role in this effort.
If you suspect an elder person is being abused, call the Elon Police Department at 336.584.1301.