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Collaborative Response to Elder and Vulnerable Adult Abuse

Posted to Community Services News on July 8, 2022 at 3:49 PM by Jessica Harris

Aging Commission of the Mid-South

Collaborative Response to Elder and Vulnerable Adult Abuse

In 2017, Tennessee passed legislation strengthening the system that responds to elder abuse across the state. Vulnerable Adult Protective Investigative Teams (VAPIT) were established to coordinate community stakeholders in assisting to provide services and justice for persons who are elder and/or disabled and victims of crime. Additionally CREVAA advocates were established at Area Agency on Aging and Disability throughout the state. The Aging Commission of the Mid South assists individuals over 60 years of age and vulnerable adults over 18 who have been victims of crime in Fayette, Lauderdale, Shelby, and Tipton counties. CREVAA’s goal is to address both emergent and on-going unmet needs to help victims recover from acts of crime. 
Advocates assist elder and vulnerable adults in obtaining needed long-term services and support as it relates to the crime committed against them. They educate the public about abuse, neglect, and exploitation. Advocates help older adult victims of crime gain stability through services such as: therapy, counseling, durable medical equipment, transportation, medication replacement, and short-term case management.
If you know a person who is elderly or disabled and is the victim of crime, please contact local law enforcement and Adult Protective Services (APS) at 1-866-836-6678 for assistance.