Local Government, Law Enforcement Officials Speak on behalf of World Elder Abuse Awareness Day (video included) – Cortland Voice

Liz Haskins, director of the Cortland County Agency on Aging. (Photo source: Kevin L. Smith of The Cortland Voice).

Representatives from the Cortland County Agency on Aging and Cortland County Adult Protective Services, along with local law enforcement, gathered outside the county office building on Central Avenue on Tuesday to talk about solidarity against elder abuse.

Speakers echoed their support for World Elder Abuse Awareness Day, which falls on June 15 each year.

“This is a global event aimed at raising awareness of the cultural, social, economic and demographic circumstances affecting elder abuse and neglect,” said Liz Haskins, director of the county’s Agency on Aging.

Haskins noted that elder abuse is actually a “worldwide problem” and one that “exists right here in Cortland County.”

“We are all here to support victims of elder abuse, bring perpetrators to justice, seek restitution and create mechanisms to improve care for victims of elder abuse,” she added.

Haskins, along with representatives from the county Agency on Aging and Adult Protective Services, County Legislator Sandy Price (D-LD-14), Cortland City Deputy Chief of Police David Guerrera , Homer Police Chief Bob Pitman and County Sheriff’s Office Lt. Garry Williams all spoke at the event.

Below is a video of the speakers giving their take on Tuesday’s World Elder Abuse Awareness Day at the county office building on Central Avenue.

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