The Estate & Asset Protection Law Firm Founder, Victoria L Collier, Writes About Domestic Violence Month Asking Readers To Remember Elders Who Are Abused
Estate & Asset Protection Attorney, Victoria Collier tells readers that violence against anyone, child, man, woman, elder is unacceptable and encourages readers to particularly remember the vulnerable seniors who may be in their care. She asks readers who are caring for elderly loved ones to look within and seek help if there is even a single thought about violence.
DECATUR, GA, December 20, 2019: Victoria L. Collier, founder of The Estate & Asset Protection Law Firm, has posted a new article on her law firm’s website entitled “When Talking Domestic Violence Awareness, Let’s Not Forget Elder Abuse.” Ms. Collier advocates for the need for continuous awareness of violence against the vulnerable senior population.
Collier begins with an excerpt from BreakTheCycle.org giving an overall view of domestic violence, which states, “Domestic violence affects millions, both women and men, of every race, religion, culture and status. It’s not just punches and black eyes — it’s yelling, humiliation, stalking, manipulation, coercion, threats and isolation. It’s stealing a paycheck, keeping tabs online, non-stop texting, constant use of the silent treatment, or calling someone stupid so often they believe it.”
Collier states, “I suppose in the above description one could stretch the imagination to include “age” in the word “status”. However, I want to be explicit about domestic violence against senior citizens.” She continues adding, “After children, our elders are among the most vulnerable group without a voice. Violence is often committed against seniors by family members and caretakers. Seniors are violated within the walls of nursing homes by those paid to take care of them.” She emphasizes, “My plea is that we do not overlook this group during this designated time to become more aware of the inhumane and often deadly abuse that is inflicted on seniors on a daily basis.”
As Collier points out, “The statistics are chilling. Approximately 20% of the elderly population, with estimates as high 5 million elders are abused in the United States each year.” She goes on to write, “And the sad news is that perhaps only 1 in 14 cases of elder abuse are reported. With the Baby Boomer generation moving deeper into their golden years, this will continue to be a growing problem in our culture unless we make continuous efforts to bring the issue to the awareness of the general population.”
“According to studies on the subject,” Collier says, “the perpetrator in most elder abuse cases (roughly two thirds, according to estimates) is a family member. Typically it is most often the victim’s adult child or spouse.” She adds, “Considering that most elder abuse victims depend on their abuser for basic needs, as they may be suffering from the physical or mental impairments that are common in the older segments of the population it is not surprising that so much abuse goes unreported.”
The entire article can be read at https://www.elderlawgeorgia.com/articles/when-talking-domestic-violence-awareness-lets-not-forget-elder-abuse/
About Victoria Collier
Victoria L. Collier, CELA founded The Estate & Asset Protection Law Firm to serve the legal needs of seniors when their health care needs increase. Victoria is also Co-Founder of Collier Scott Financial Solutions, LLC. At both firms WE BELIEVE that people should not have to lose everything they’ve worked a lifetime to earn and that every person is an individual who deserves respect and the highest quality of life possible, regardless of age or ability.
Victoria enlisted in the U.S. Air Force during Desert Storm, 1989-1995, and also served in the U.S. Army Reserves, 1Lt. 2001-2004, JAG Corps. Victoria is a national expert on the VA Wartime Pension for veterans and their widows who need additional assistance with activities of daily living and helping them qualify for and receive tax-free income from the VA to pay for it. Victoria graduated from Valdosta State University with a B.A. in Psychology and then University of Nebraska, College of Law. In 2014, Victoria was awarded with the Alumni Master Award from the University of Nebraska.
Victoria is a Certified Elder Law Attorney through The National Elder Law Foundation and has been named as the only attorney in Georgia as “Fellow” of the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys (NAELA). Victoria was appointed by Governor Perdue to the Georgia Council on Aging, 2010 – 2016 and was awarded Dekalb County Veteran of the Year, 2013. She is the author of 47 Secret Veterans Benefits for Seniors; Paying for Long Term Care – Financial Help for Wartime Veterans: The VA Aid & Attendance Benefit. Victoria has co-authored several books: Blooper Episodes in Estate Planning, Don’t Go Broke in a Nursing Home, and Protect Your IRA: Avoid the 5 Common Mistakes. Most notably, Victoria co-authored the National Best Seller, The Road to Success, with Jack Canfield, author of Chicken Soup for the Soul series.
About The Estate & Asset Protection Law Firm
The Estate & Asset Protection Law Firm was established to serve the legal needs of retiring citizens. The Firm focuses its entire practice on providing strategies to protect independence, privacy, assets and taxes from the government. Victoria Collier has grown her law practice and financial services practice by providing excellent customer satisfaction with personalized wealth protection plans.