Elder Abuse Grant Continues to Serve Tulare County Seniors
Last updated 7/9/2021 at 9:08pm | View PDF
In 2020, the Tulare County District Attorney utilized a Governor's Office of Emergency Services grant to advocate and assist victims of elder abuse. The $190,000 grant fully funded two victim advocates, one of whom is bilingual, who work with victims through the court process, train caretakers and community members on elder abuse, and create awareness of the crime.
The grant also funds a yearly television and radio anti-abuse campaign, and associated materials for community distribution. During the 2020 grant cycle, advocates worked with over 300 victims of physical and financial abuse. During that same time, 55 cases of felony and misdemeanor elder abuse were filed by TCDA prosecutors. The grant was renewed for 2021.
"I don't have to remind anyone that the COVID pandemic was a stressful time for many and greatly inhibited our office's in-person contacts," said District Attorney Tim Ward. "However, staff was vigilant in its pursuit of justice for abused seniors and we look forward to increasing important outreach in 2021."
A significant resource was developed during the 2020 grant cycle – a bilingual book that addresses the most common scams targeting seniors today. The books are free to the public and will be distributed at future events, trainings and presentations.
"With California on the verge of returning to pre-pandemic activities, we greatly encourage any community group, caretaker association, church, senior center or individual interested in spreading elder abuse awareness and education to contact our office for resources and presentations. Prevention is the key to stop seniors from becoming victims," said TCDA Victim Advocate Nicole Burnham.
For printed resources or to schedule a presentation, call the TCDA Victim Services Division at (559) 636-5471.