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News Release

For Immediate Release
June 14, 2011

Tracy M. Culberson, Assistant Attorney General
(603) 271-3643

World Elder Abuse Awareness Day Press Event

In recognition of World Elder Abuse Awareness Day on June 15, 2011, the NH Partnership for the Protection of Older Adults will hold a press conference at the Merrimack County Nursing Home beginning at 10:00 a.m. on June 15, 2011, to formally introduce the Merrimack County Elder Abuse Coordinated Community Response Team. All members of the press are invited and encouraged to attend.

The NH Partnership for the Protection of Older Adults is a collaboration among the Office of the NH Attorney General, the NH Department of Health and Human Services, the NH Department of Safety, the NH Coalition Against Domestic and Sexual Violence, the NH Council on Churches, and other public and private agencies that serve the needs of elders throughout New Hampshire. Funded by a grant through the Office on Violence Against Women, the purpose of the Partnership is to improve the safety of our seniors through enhanced education and collaboration among law enforcement, adult protective services, victim advocates, and other service providers.

With assistance from the Partnership, front-line professionals in Merrimack County have come together to form a multi-disciplinary working group to develop a coordinated community response to elder abuse. The group consists of members of law enforcement, fire and EMS, prosecution, the courts, health and social services, victim advocates, faith-based leaders, volunteers and older adults. Team members assess current communications and practices with respect to elder abuse, identify gaps and barriers, review policies and procedures, and identify priorities for change.

Scheduled to speak are: Chris Emerson, ServiceLink NH; Assistant Attorney General Tracy Culberson, Attorney General's Elder Abuse and Financial Exploitation Unit; and Lori Brown, Director of the Merrimack County Nursing Home.

New Hampshire Department of Justice | 33 Capitol Street | Concord, NH | 03301
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