Defining Elder Abuse

Elder abuse as a single or repeated act, or lack of appropriate actions, which causes harm, risk of harm, or distress to an individual 60 years or older and occurs:

a) within any relationship where there is an expectation of trust; or
b) when the targeted act is directed towards an elder person by virtue of age or disabilities.

Elder abuse can be intentional or unintentional, can take various forms, and includes but is not limited to physical, psychological, emotional, or sexual abuse, neglect, abandonment, and financial exploitation.

 

Committee’s Mission

The mission of the Elder Justice Committee is to be a diverse partnership committed to the shared responsibility of enhancing our community’s knowledge, resources, and response to elder abuse, neglect, and exploitation. This mission is accomplished under the guiding mission and vision of the Guilford County Family Justice Center, which is to empower family violence victims to live free from violence and abuse and hold offenders accountable by providing easily accessible, coordinated, and comprehensive services in a single location.

The Guilford County Family Justice Center hosts monthly meetings of the Elder Justice Committee, which is comprised of professionals from a variety of disciplines committed to ending elder abuse.

 

Elder Abuse Gallery

Professional Partners

Our partnership includes professional representing over 40 business and agencies throughout Guilford County in the areas of home health, civil and criminal legal services, medical services, academic institutions, local non-profits, and County and City Government.

If your organization would like to become a professional partner, please contact the FJC Director, Catherine Johnson at cjohnso5@guilfordcountync.gov or call 336-641-7233.

 

Committee Meetings

Professional Partners typically meet at 12:30 on the 3rd Thursday of each month at the FJC

EJC Meetings provide opportunities for professional training, collaboration, community outreach, and case review.

 

In April of 2017, the Elder Justice Committee launched Friends Against Fraud a certification program designed to educate and equip citizens with knowledge and resources to reduce the prevalence of common frauds and scams targeting seniors in our community.

Friends Against Fraud has three focus areas:

  • Helping older adults have a better understating of fraud
  • Increasing participant’s feelings of confidence in talking with friends and family about fraud and abuse
  • Increasing the likelihood that an older adult would intervene to support a friend or loved one who may be at risk of, or is currently being scammed.

For more information, contact us at 336-641-7233 or email FJCinfo@guilfordcountync.gov

 

Reporting Elder Abuse and Seeking Help

For elder abuse and neglect emergencies, contact 911.

To report suspected abuse or neglect, contact the Guilford County Department of Health and Human Services Division of Aging and Adult Services at 336-641-3000.

For additional information including support and resources available, contact the Guilford County Family Justice Center at 336-641-SAFE (7233).

 

Location and Hours of Operation:

The Guilford County Family Justice Center is open Monday-Friday from 8:30 to 4:30 pm.  All onsite services are free and parking is available in the Greene St. parking deck.

Guilford County Family Justice Center

201 S. Greene St.

Greensboro, NC 27407

www.myguilford.com/family-justice-center/

336-641-7233

 

Committee History:

In 2010, the Guilford Adult Interdisciplinary Network (GAIN) was established through Guilford County’s Department of Health and Human Services the Division of Social Services in an effort to bring together professionals from a variety of disciplines, including: social services, local law enforcement, mental health, emergency responders, long-term care ombudsmen, and several aging service providers in order to better meet the needs of aging and vulnerable adults. The primary mission of GAIN was to eliminate the silo thinking among various agencies and organizations that serve the elderly and vulnerable adults and find better ways for professionals to collaborate.  The network met regularly for approximately two years.

In 2013, the Guilford County Family Justice Center partnership agreed that an emphasis on elder abuse within the developing center was an essential component to addressing community violence and abuse. The Guilford County Family Justice Center Elder Justice Committee (EJC) was established in order to reignite and deepen partnerships amongst service providers and the greater community in an effort to best support aging adults. As a result of this collaboration, our goal is to reduce trauma to victims, provide timely provision of services and support, and to increase communication and coordination efforts in order to assist victims of elder abuse in obtaining safety and in the investigation and prosecution of elder abuse crimes.

 

Additional Resources

National Center on Elder Abuse

New York Elder Abuse Center

AARP Fraud Watch Network

Senior Resources of Guilford

Guilford County DHHS- Aging and Adult Services