The Cape Fear Elder Abuse Prevention Network, developed in 2006, is a grassroots educational outreach initiative. It includes human service and community agencies as well as volunteers, from Brunswick, Columbus, New Hanover and Pender Counties. This dedicated group is working to further strengthen and expand existing efforts in elder abuse education and prevention.
Elder Abuse is a broad term used to identify mistreatment of elder and disabled adults. Victims often live in silent desperation and are unwilling to seek assistance to protect themselves because they fear the consequences of their actions. Many remain silent to protect abusive caregivers or family members, while others may be too embarrassed or fear that no one will believe them.
Elder Abuse Can Take on Many Forms
- Physical Abuse
- Emotional Abuse
- Sexual Abuse
- Neglect by a Caregiver
- Self Neglect
- Financial Exploitation including Frauds and Scams