Apr 25, 2013
By Jane Brown
It seems an increased awareness about elder abuse is having a positive effect. A report to be presented to the Peel Regional Police Services Board tomorrow says reported cases of elder abuse in Peel are on the decline. The annual report shows that last year, Peel Regional Police investigated 31 allegations of elder abuse. The numbers are a big drop from 2010, when there were 72 reports of elder abuse and also a decrease from 2011, when there were 52 such incidents. Constable Claudia Wells authored the report. She says the decline can be attributed to “the increase of presentations and awareness to the community.” A Peel police elder abuse co-ordinator spoke to 21 groups across Brampton and Mississauga last year, educating front line officers and police communications staff about the issues surrounding elder abuse.
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