June is National Safety Month
JUNE IS NATIONAL SAFETY MONTH!
Observed annually in June, National Safety Month raises awareness of what it takes to keep each other safe, as well as focuses on reducing the leading causes of injury and death at work, on the roads, and in our homes and communities.
Crime takes place in every community, making it imperative to take safety precautions in everyday life. Did you know, in 2014 U.S. residents age 12 or older experienced an estimated 5.4 million violent crime victimizations and 15.3 million property victimizations? (source: https://ojp.gov/programs/victims.htm). While crime may happen to anyone at any time, there are some precautions you may take to help keep yourself and your family safe. The following is a list of tips:
- Avoid walking or jogging early in the morning or late at night when the streets are deserted.
- Download a personal safety app on your cell phone.
- When out at night, try to have a friend walk with you.
- Carry only the money you’ll need on a particular day.
- Don’t display your cash or any other inviting targets such as cell phones or expensive jewelry and clothing.
- If you think someone is following you, switch directions or cross the street. If the person continues to follow you, move quickly toward an open store or restaurant or a lighted house. Don’t be afraid to call/yell for help.
- Try to park in well-lighted areas with good visibility and close to walkways, stores, and people.
- Make sure you have your key out as you approach your door.
- Always lock your car, even if it’s in your own driveway; never leave your motor running.
- Do everything you can to keep a stranger from getting into your car or to keep a stranger from forcing you into his or her car.
- If someone tries to rob you, give up your property—don’t give up your life.
- If you are robbed or assaulted, report the crime to the police. Try to describe the attacker as accurately as possible.
- If you have been abused by your spouse, partner, or other family member call the police immediately. If you believe that you or your children are in danger, call law enforcement and leave immediately.
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June 15th is World Elder Abuse Awareness Day!
What is World Elder Abuse Awareness Day?
World Elder Abuse Awareness Day (WEAAD) is held to provide an opportunity for communities around the world to promote a better understanding of abuse and neglect of older persons by raising awareness of the cultural, social, economic and demographic processes affecting elder abuse and neglect. In addition, WEAAD serves as a call-to-action for individuals, organizations, and communities to raise awareness about elder abuse, neglect, and exploitation.
What is elder abuse?
Elder abuse is any form of mistreatment that results in harm or loss to an older person. It is generally divided into the following categories:
- Physical abuse is physical force that results in bodily injury, pain, or impairment. It includes assault, battery, and inappropriate restraint.
- Sexual abuse is non-consensual sexual contact of any kind with an older person.
- Domestic violence is an escalating pattern of violence by an intimate partner where the violence is used to exercise power and control.
- Psychological abuse is the willful infliction of mental or emotional anguish by threat, humiliation, or other verbal or nonverbal conduct.
- Financial abuse is the illegal or improper use of an older person's funds, property, or resources.
- Neglect is the failure of a caregiver to fulfill his or her care giving responsibilities.
- Self-neglect is failure to provide for one's own essential needs.
How big of a problem is it?
Although estimates vary, it is generally believed that 4-6% of the elderly are abused.
According to the National Incidence Study on Elder Abuse, approximately 450,000 elderly experienced abuse in 1996 nationwide. If self-neglect is included, the number is 551,000.
How serious of a problem is it?
The personal losses associated with abuse can be devastating and include the loss of independence, homes, life savings, health, dignity, and security.
Victims of abuse have been shown to have shorter expectancies than non-abused older people.
What can you do if you suspect elder abuse?
If you suspect someone is a victim of elder abuse, contact your local Someplace Safe office or law enforcement. For more information on elder abuse, as well as ways to prevent it, visit: www.preventelderabuse.org/elderabuse/
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