By Paul Schmitt
One form of domestic abuse that is believed to be under-reported yet can be devastating to the victim is elder abuse. Steve Vickman, executive director of HELP of Door County explains what elder abuse can entail.
All 50 states in the U.S. now have laws on the books against elder abuse. Vickman says many cases can go unreported because of the feeling of embarrassment or not wanting to get family members in trouble. Other cases can make it difficult to follow up due to the reduced capacities of victims suffering from dementia, according to Vickman. For more information on HELP of Door County and their services, go to www.helpofdoorcounty.org