Adult Abuse Prevention Month


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, one quarter of Virginia’s population, by 2030; and

WHEREAS, during fiscal year 2013, Virginia Adult Protective Services received over 20,000 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, in July 2013 the State Adult Services and Adult Protective Services Program joined the Virginia Department for Aging and Rehabilitative Services to integrate and streamline services for older Virginians and Virginians with disabilities; 

NOW, THEREFORE, I, Terence R. McAuliffe, do hereby recognize May 2014 as ADULT ABUSE PREVENTION MONTH in our COMMONWEALTH OF VIRGINIA, and I call this observance to the attention of all of our citizens.