Congress of California Seniors and Self-Help for the Elderly Receive $300,000 From Verizon to Fund a Program to Combat Elder Abuse
Grant Will Fund Regional Outreach, Education, Awareness and Prevention Campaign
Through the program, The Commitment to End Abuse of Seniors and Elders (CEASE), the organizations will partner with local senior service providers and domestic violence prevention groups to implement an education and outreach campaign, publish multi-lingual education materials, and direct information about local resources available to victims and family members.
“In recent years, financial abuse, physical assault and family-related violence have increased while public resources to identify abuse and to protect victims have been cut back, creating a budget crisis for agencies fighting abuse,” said
Nearly a quarter of a million Californians are victims of elder abuse and dependent adult abuse every year. It is estimated that one of every 20 elders is a victim of neglect or physical, psychological or financial abuse, according to the California Department of Justice. Currently, it is estimated that only one in five cases of elder and dependent adult abuse is reported in
“Our seniors are very vulnerable and we must make every effort to protect them,” said
Raising awareness of domestic violence and aiding in its prevention is a key social issue for the Verizon Foundation. This partnership is the latest step in Verizon’s ongoing commitment to the issue.
Verizon supports the survivors of domestic violence through a myriad of programs, including Verizon Wireless’ HopeLine program. Through the program, no-longer-used phones are collected and provided to nonprofit organizations that assist domestic violence survivors.
“Our senior citizen population is among the most vulnerable when it comes to the issue of abuse,” said
The Verizon Foundation, the philanthropic arm of Verizon Communications, supports the advancement of literacy and K-12 education through its free educational Web site, Thinkfinity.org, and fosters awareness and prevention of domestic violence. In 2008, the Verizon Foundation awarded more than
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