The Elder Abuse Task Force of Midcoast Maine is a community partnership to raise awareness of elder abuse and to develop and strengthen systems that support elderly victims and their families. Education is a major focus, making every effort to see that members of the law enforcement, medical, legal, and financial communities, as well as those with direct contact with seniors (social service, personal care, etc.) become knowledgeable about the prevalence and severity of elder abuse, how to report suspected abuse, and how to access resources available to assist abused elders.
General Description of Services:
Consistent focus has been on a) learning more about the nature, the many forms, and the prevalence of Elder Abuse and b) reaching out to various segments of the community with this message. The group has sponsored seminars in the immediate area and run a series of articles in local newspapers on abuse and resources available to help victims of abuse. We collaborate with Merrymeeting Bay Triad to run a Tea & Tips and focus on frauds and scams. When local issues are identified, we coordinate a team approach to respond to the issue direct resources as necessary.
Area Served: Sagadahoc County and the Towns of Brunswick and Harpswell
Elder Abuse Related Services:
Elder Abuse Awareness through flyers and newspaper op-eds; fraud and scam awareness through presentations and discussion.
Jennifer Hemingway, Community Advocate
Sexual Assault Support Services of Midcoast Maine