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Ohio Attorney General announces new elder abuse initiative

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WARREN, Ohio - A Department of Justice study estimates that about one in nine people, age 60 and over, are the victims of elder abuse and for every one person who reports it, it's estimated there are five others who don't.

It's just part of the reason Ohio's Attorney General has announced a new Elder Justice Initiative.

Trumbull County Probate Judge Thomas Swift says, "This is a problem. It's a growing problem. There are things that can be done to protect older adults, just like we've done with child abuse, by bringing attention to it, and by bringing greater resources."

Judge Swift will serve as a commission member on the Attorney General's Elder Justice Initiative"

The goal is to protect those who have been the victims of any form of elder abuse, whether it's physical or sexual abuse, neglect, or financial.

The cases are not being handled just as civil cases, but as criminal investigations.

"They're expanding that type of investigation on a statewide basis. In addition, the attorney general is providing greater resources, and training for local communities that are experiencing the problem," Judge Swift said.

Trumbull County has been praised for leading the way when it comes to protecting the elderly, with the only Senior Court in the country, and help from the prosecutor's office. But for every case of elder abuse that is reported, it's estimated there are five others that suffer in silence.

"My concern is and has been, we don't know how many cases are out there that we don't hear about," Judge Swift said.

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