EDITORIAL: Elder abuse an epidemic in Northwest Georgia and statewide

(Rome Times-Tribune)

That message came through loud and clear in a meeting of the North Georgia Elder Abuse Task Force here in Rome. Law enforcement and state officials from throughout the region and also from Alabama began the work needed to launch a collaborative, multi-jurisdictional effort to cope with this epidemic.

Gwinnett County led the sad statistics statewide with 517 cases of elder abuse prosecuted over the past six-plus years, followed by DeKalb with 311, Houston with 308, Cobb with 263, Laurens 160, and Clarke 140. Next was Floyd County which has prosecuted 112 cases of elder abuse 2010 through mid-year 2016. In other counties of our region, the figures ranged from 33 cases prosecuted in Bartow to 27 in Polk, 10 in Gordon and four in Chattooga. Continue Reading