Elder Abuse Awareness Team


Sheriff Leon Lott and the men and women of the Richland County Sheriff’s Department (RCSD) are committed to preventing and eliminating the abuse of our elderly citizens; all of whom deserve to be loved, comforted, shielded from fear, and protected from harm. In that, we have established RCSD’s ELDER ABUSE AWARENESS TEAM, ensuring that all of our citizens – young and old alike – know what elder abuse is, what to look for, and how we recognize its often-hidden signs and symptoms.

June is ELDER ABUSE AWARENESS MONTH, and
 June 15 is WORLD ELDER ABUSE AWARENESS
DAY.

 What is elder abuse? Simply put, elder abuse is the abuse and mistreatment of older people who are generally the most vulnerable and often the most isolated of our citizens.

Elder abuse manifests itself in many ways: It’s not just physical abuse; though that is indeed one form of it. Elder abuse is also emotional abuse (browbeating, ridiculing, belittling, threatening, frightening), mental abuse (upsetting someone to the point they become confused, think also “gaslighting”), financial abuse (either taking money or guilting the victim into giving it up), neglect and generally depriving another of love, kindness and care. For the sake of our elderly family members, other aging and vulnerable loved ones, and the broader elderly community; all of us need to know what this evil is, how to see it for what it is, recognize its signs, and how to fight it!

RCSD’s ELDER ABUSE AWARENESS TEAM in the media:

POLICEONE (June 15, 2018) –

https://www.policeone.com/investigations/articles/476435006-A-hidden-crisis-LE-team-delivers-elder-abuse-awareness/

OpsLens (Apr. 20, 2018) –

https://www.opslens.com/2018/04/20/how-a-former-marine-infantryman-and-s-c-sheriffs-department-are-ramping-up-elder-protection-and-safety/

LIFEZETTE (Apr. 23, 2018) –

https://www.lifezette.com/momzette/elderly-very-precious-resource-no-harm-should-come-to-them/

MidlandsBiz (Apr. 16, 2018) –

https://midlandsbiz.whosonthemove.com/pressreleases/richland-county-sheriffs-dept-establishes-elder-abuse-awareness-team/

For more information, contact W. Thomas Smith Jr. at tsmith@rcsd.net.

For immediate or emergency assistance, dial 911 or contact RCSD at (803) 576-3000.


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