Tulare County Marks Elder Abuse Awareness Month
Last updated 7/8/2021 at 8:25pm | View PDF
June is World Elder Abuse Awareness Month and Tulare County Health & Human Services Agency (HHSA) participated by encouraging community members to wear purple on World Elder Abuse Awareness Day on June 15.
Purple promotes a better understanding of abuse and neglect of older persons by raising awareness of the cultural, social, economic and demographic processes affecting elder abuse and neglect.
On June 1, Tulare County HHSA came together with community leaders to bring awareness by placing purple flags and ribbons on the grounds of Tulare County Government Plaza along Mooney Boulevard in Visalia in a show of support and awareness for World Elder Abuse Awareness Month.
Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the flag ceremony planners limited the attendance to follow health and safety protocols.
World Elder Abuse Awareness Day (WEAAD) was launched on June 15, 2006 by the International Network for the Prevention of Elder Abuse and the World Health Organization at the United Nations. The purpose of WEAAD is to provide an opportunity for communities around the world to promote a better understanding of abuse and neglect of the elderly.
In 2020, 866 reports of elder abuse were received in Tulare County. If you or a loved one is experiencing elder abuse, call (877) 657-3092.