New Elder Abuse Justice Center in Vancouver, WA

A new elder abuse justice center was unveiled in Vancouver, WA earlier this week. Its set-up is moodeled after existing specialty centers, such as the Children’s Justice Center and the Domestic Violence Prosecution Center.Clark Co Elder Abuse Justice Center.jpg

Typically, Clark County, Washington has dealt with case of financial exploitation of elders as general felonies or like other theft or abuse cases. With a specialty center for elder abuse crimes now in place, the hope is to streamline the process in prosecuting them by having all the players under one roof, Clark County Prosecutor Tony Golik explained.

Three DSHS adult protection services workers along with detectives and a prosecutor will work out of the new justice center.

According to the adult protection services, there were 880 cases of elder abuse in 2009 (the most recent statistics), a large majority of those were unreported.

There are currently 113 pending elder abuse cases at the prosecutor’s office, according to Dianna Kretzschmar, the program coordinator.

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Kevin Coluccio was recently named one of the Top 10 Super Lawyers in Washington State. He has long history of successful elder abuse/neglect cases and has a stellar reputation for getting results for his injury clients in serious car crashes, pedestrian accidents, trucking accidents, maritime claims, and asbestos injury cases.