At Risk Adult Crimes with Lindsay Greenwald from the Georgia Department of Human Serivces, Division on Aging

On today’s show I talked with Lindsay Greenwald, a Forensic Specialist with the Department of Human Services, Division on Aging. We discussed At Risk Adult Crime. Statistics show that 1 in 10 vulnerable adults are victims but only 1 in 23 report abuse. Just a warning for our listeners, some of the discussion of this topic may not be suitable for sensitive audiences.

Lindsay Greenwald has a Bachelors and a Masters Degree in Social Work with a focus on working with adults with developmental disabilities. She works with the Forensic Special Initiative Unit who work in Georgia to provide training, conduct monthly At Risk Adult Crime Tactics Training, and act as a liaison between law enforcement and social services.

What is an At Risk Adult?

  • Elder person age 65 and over
  • Adults with disabilities over the age of 18
  • Or residents who live in a long term care facility

What Laws help protect At Risk Adults?

  • Prohibits the neglect of a vulnerable adult by a caretaker
  • Prohibits exploitation and abuse of a vulnerable adult
  • Failure to report for Mandatory Reporters
  • Georgia is the first state in the country to develop a law against benefits trafficking
  • The penalties can be one to twenty years in prison and/or a $50,000 fine

What are the Typical Types of Abuse?

  • Physical
  • Emotional
  • Neglect
  • Financial Exploitation
  • Sexual

What do I do if I feel someone is being abused, neglected, or exploited?

Georgia Abuse Neglect or Exploitation (GANE) App – Available for Apple or Android Users

  • Submit a report of abuse, neglect, or exploitation
  • Financial Capacity Test
  • Cognitive Capacity Test
  • Report a Missing Person
  • Report a Found Person

For more information contact:

Department of Human Services, Division on Aging

Two Peachtree Street, NW, 33rd Floor

Atlanta, GA 30303-3142

404-657-5258 / Toll-Free: 866-552-4464

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