Survivor Story July 2018

Shelby County Sheriff’s Office Detective Lawrence Smith sees it as a two-way street. He can help a domestic violence victim get justice, but without the victim’s help, his hands are tied. He devotes a lot of him time to gaining the victim’s trust, letting them know they have someone in their corner. When Detective Smith […]

Elder Abuse Survivor Story

First, Ruth* is not allowed to have visitors; then her phone is cut off so she can’t call friends or family; then the grocery money disappears. This story has a happy ending, but unfortunately there are many Ruths in our community who don’t get a second chance. Elder abuse can be as subtle as it […]

CREA: A Community Responds to Elder Abuse

Although Tennessee law requires residents to report any suspicion of elder abuse or neglect, the reality is that most cases go unreported. In Memphis/Shelby County, the Coordinated Response to Elder Abuse (CREA) is a collaborative effort to streamline the services available to older adults who have been neglected or abused. “There is a misperception that […]

World Elder Abuse Awareness Day Is June 15

Memphis, TN, – According to recent estimates, there are approximately more than 172,000 residents aged 60 and older in Shelby County, and research indicates that one in ten of these older adults could be a victim of abuse and neglect. Elder abuse affects communities on many levels, from public health to civic participation to economic […]

Yes or No? Your Answers to Questionnaire Could Save Your Life

The Lethality Assessment Program (LAP) brings the Family Safety Center’s prevention and intervention resources to where the victim is, when he or she is most vulnerable. This early intervention is important given that on average it takes a victim seven or eight attempts to leave an abusive situation. LAP was introduced in the Shelby County […]