Adult Abuse Prevention Month 2015


WHEREAS, more than 1.5 million Virginians are currently over the age of 60 and the population of older Virginians will increase to more than 2 million by 2030; and

WHEREAS, during fiscal year 2014, Virginia Adult Protective Services received over 21,000 reports of adult abuse, neglect, and exploitation; and

WHEREAS, older Virginians and Virginians with disabilities may be targets for abuse, which can occur in families and communities of all social, economic, racial and ethnic backgrounds; and

WHEREAS, in order to reduce the incidence of adult abuse in Virginia, there are a number of adult abuse prevention programs that provide vital services to older Virginians and Virginians with disabilities, including a 24-hour hotline, crisis intervention, emergency shelter, home-based and community services, public education, and legal advocacy; and

WHEREAS, Adult Abuse Prevention Month offers all Virginians the opportunity to participate in community efforts to improve the safety and well-being of people throughout the Commonwealth, to recognize the organizations and individuals who serve them, and to remember victims of adult abuse and their families; and

WHEREAS, the Virginia Department for Aging and Rehabilitative Services, home to the State Adult Protective Services Division, promotes an integrated vision and streamlined services to assist older Virginians and Virginians with disabilities to live in communities free of abuse, neglect, or exploitation;

NOW, THEREFORE, I, Terence R. McAuliffe, do hereby recognize May 2015 as ADULT ABUSE PREVENTION MONTH in our COMMONWEALTH OF VIRGINIA, and I call this observance to the attention of all of our citizens.