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Feb 24, 2014 by |

Elder Abuse Hurts Families


This is the time of year that people think about their relationships with their partners and family members.  Unfortunately, sometimes abuse is part of the family dynamic.  The cycle of violence is hurtful and hard to break.  Problems can occur when a child that was abused becomes the caregiver for the parent that did the abusing.  Elder abuse can be the result when a child that was abused is forced to take care of a parent later in life.  California elder abuse lawyers are concerned about the cycle of family violence and the potential for elder abuse.

Parents can abuse their children in a variety of ways.  Some parents hit their children.  Other parents constantly tell their children that they will fail which is disempowering.  One of the worst aspects of child abuse is the fact that it tends to by cyclical and repeats itself through several generations of families.  The Child Welfare Information Gateway says that about one third of abused children grow up to abuse their own kids.  Social service agencies across the country attempt to educate the public about this issue and help people to break the cycle of violence.  California elder abuse lawyers think that breaking the cycle of violence can help to curb elder abuse.

When children who were abused grow up and become caregivers for their parents, depression often follows.  Caregivers who were abused as children are more likely to abuse their elderly parents than caregivers who were not abused.  This cycle of violence is devastating to families and highlights the importance of taking measures to stop both child and elder abuse.  Adult Protective Services is the government agency that is charged with protecting senior citizens.  The agency in underfunded and the staff has a large workload.  Since elder abuse is a growing problem, it is important to increase funding to programs that help combat the problem.  California elder abuse lawyers would like to see Adult Protective services get the funding it needs to assist elders that need protection.

The Elder Justice Act was passed by congress and signed by President Obama in 2010.  The Elder Justice Act was intended to provide support for educational programs and to help prevent elder abuse.  Unfortunately, no funding has ever been allocated for the Elder Justice Act by congress.  In September the Elder Justice act will expire.  Adult Protective Services needs the funding the Elder Justice Act could provide to help it fulfill its mission of protecting the elderly. Concerned citizens should let congress know that elder abuse is a problem that needs to be a greater funding priority.

Evans Law Firm, Inc. handles elder abuse, financial elder abuse, physical elder abuse, annuity fraud, consumer fraud class actions, insurance and banking fraud cases.  If you think that you have witnessed or are the victim of elder abuse, or financial fraud then contact Evans Law Firm, Inc. at 415-441-8669 for a free and confidential consultation, or email us at

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