The Power of Community Elder Abuse Prevention Coalitions

The Elder Abuse Prevention Project (EAPP) of Greater Boston Legal Services is proud to partner with community elder abuse prevention coalitions in Arlington, Woburn, Cambridge, and Boston.  The true value of these community partnerships (which include local councils on aging, district attorney offices, police departments, adult protective services, health care providers, elder service providers, financial institutions, and many other concerned community partners) was on full display in Boston recently.

We formed the Boston Elder Abuse Prevention Coalition in the Spring of 2015 in collaboration with Boston Medical Center. Two of our partners, the Pine Street Inn Homeless Shelter and the Suffolk County District Attorney’s office, played a crucial role in bringing justice to one of our clients who was the victim of extreme financial exploitation.  A con man defrauded our elderly client out of her home and the profits from the sale of her home and then dropped her off at the Pine Street Inn.  Concerned staff at the Pine Street Inn saw this for what it was – elder abuse – and contacted us.  We initiated a civil action against the perpetrators and also referred the case to the District Attorney’s office.  Elder abuse is often complex, nuanced, a “family matter”, and multi-faceted but it is often also a crime, so kudos to the Suffolk County District Attorney’s office for bringing justice to our client and possibly others who have been victims of the perpetrators.  See a link to the story below: http://www.suffolkdistrictattorney.com/prosecutor-scammer-left-elder-homeless-after-fraudulent-sale-of-mattapan-home/

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