The Senate Judiciary Committee has approved legislation that includes protections for violence against the elderly.
Reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA), which is co-sponsored by the Senate Special Committee on Aging Chairman Sen. Herb Kohl (D-WI), extends provisions that support organizations that help elderly victims of abuse and neglect.
This includes training for healthcare providers to better serve victims of elder abuse; teach law enforcement and regulatory agencies how to recognize and address violence in senior group; and establish or support multidisciplinary responses to abuse.
“My legislation which will ensure that older Americans who are victims of domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, and stalking, exploitation and neglect are protected,” Kohl said. He is set to retire this year.