Marvel Comics legend Stan Lee was recently granted a restraining order against his caregiver, citing elder abuse. It’s a high-profile case, but the reality is that elder abuse is happening in every community, including Oneida County.
While June is World Elder Abuse Awareness Month, Oneida County prides itself on raising awareness of the issue year-round. Back in 2000, the county established the Elder Abuse Coalition to look into cases of physical abuse, financial exploitation, sexual abuse and neglect.
The Elder Abuse Coalition had a zero-tolerance policy of elder abuse for Oneida County citizens, and it also serves to educate professionals and the public on elder abuse.
In 2017 alone, the coalition addressed more than 143 referrals of older adults facing exploitation, abuse and neglect.
"We try to come up with solutions to help those that are being exploited, financially exploited, abused, and by working and complimenting our services, we find a way to help that individual to get that person out of that situation and help them to be in a safe environment where they're not being exploited, where they can enjoy the quality of life and be with other people that they care about," said Hallie Kowalsky of the Oneida County Elder Abuse Coalition.
For more information about the Oneida County Elder Abuse Coalition or to make a referral, you can call 315-768-3641.