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Governor Bentley signs Elder Abuse Prevention Act

FLORENCE, AL (WAFF) -

Governor Bentley signed into law the Elder Abuse Prevention Act.

The bill is designed to prevent and prosecute elder abuse. Senator Tammy Irons of Florence fought for three years to make the bill a reality.

"I am grateful that Governor Bentley realized the importance of protecting our senior citizens and signed my bill into law this session," said Irons in a press statement. "This is the first step in protecting our senior citizens from abuse in all of its disgusting forms—physical, emotional and financial"

The law will create a committee of governmental and non-governmental agencies. The agencies will work together to train and research on elder abuse and work to prevent and prosecute it when it occurs.

Approximately 6,000 cases of elder abuse are reported every year. Officials estimate, though, that anywhere from 25,000 to 75,000 cases go unreported every year.

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