Adult Abuse, Neglect, and Exploitation
It's Everyone's Business
Protecting vulnerable adults is everyone’s responsibility. Community partners and volunteers donate their time and energy to help us make a difference in the lives of people who need it most.
To find out about volunteer opportunities in your area, contact your local volunteer coordinator.
October is Financial Exploitation Awareness Month
October is Financial Exploitation Awareness Month. It's a good reminder for all Texans to look out for and help older adults in our communities. Financial exploitation is the illegal or improper use of another person’s money or property for personal profit or gain. Financial exploitation of older adults and those with disabilities is a major problem. Stopping it is everyone’s business.
Help raise awareness by using the financial exploitation awareness social media toolkit.
June is Elder Abuse Awareness Month
June is Elder Abuse Awareness Month and all month Adult Protective Services (APS) is working with community partners and professional groups around the state to raise awareness about adult abuse, neglect, and financial exploitation. Help spread the word with the elder abuse awareness social media toolkit.
To find out more about how you can get involved in your local community to protect older Texans, contact your community engagement coordinator.
World Elder Abuse Awareness Day
World Elder Abuse Awareness Day (WEAAD) was launched on June 15, 2006 by the International Network for the Prevention of Elder Abuse and the World Health Organization at the United Nations.
The purpose of WEAAD is to provide an opportunity for communities around the world to promote a better understanding of abuse and neglect of older persons by raising awareness of the cultural, social, economic, and demographic processes affecting elder abuse and neglect.
In addition, WEAAD is in support of the United Nations International Plan of Action acknowledging the significance of elder abuse as a public health and human rights issue. WEAAD serves as a call-to-action for individuals, organizations, and communities to raise awareness about elder abuse, neglect, and exploitation.