House of Representatives Passes Elder Abuse Law

Posted on February 16th, 2009 4 Comments

The U.S. House of Representatives on Wednesday passed a bill to protect against elderly abuse for the first time in 17 years.  The Elder Abuse Victims Act (HR 448) provides increased funding for elder abuse enforcement at the local, state and federal levels.  In addition, the bill would require the Attorney General to conduct an abuse prevention study.

The bill, sponsored by Rep. Joe Sestak (D-PA), easily passed in the House by a vote of 397-25.  According to Sestak, between 1 and 2 million seniors have abused in the United States alone.

Rep. Sestak is a leading congressional voice on elderly rights and protection of the elderly.  He previously sponsored a bill known as the Elder Justice Act.  Rep. Sestak is known to visit retirement homes and senior citizen centers on a regular basis.  He is an advocate for greater law enforcement training to help combat abuse against the elderly.

If a loved one has been the victim of elderly abuse, please contact the Phoenix elder abuse attorneys of Haralson, Miller, Pitt, Feldman & McAnally, P.L.C. by phone at  877-366-5557.

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