Elder Abuse Cases Rise 15 Percent In Wisconsin

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Better recognition of elder abuse cases and an aging population probably account for a 15 percent increase in suspected cases of such abuse last year in Wisconsin, the Assoicated Press reports. The state Department of Health and Family Services found 3,721 cases reported last year, up from 3,223 in 2001.

Funds to deal with the problem increased to $1.5 million in 2002 from $625,000 in 2001, a staste official said. The money helped create teams of elder abuse workers, including specialists in finance, sexual assault, domestic violence, law enforcement and religion.

Link: http://www.jsonline.com/news/state/sep03/169671.asp

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