DA GASCÓN ANNOUNCES CAMPAIGN TO ENHANCE SAFETY FOR LGBTQ ELDERS IN HONOR OF PRIDE MONTH AND WORLD ELDER ABUSE AWARENESS DAY

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June 14, 2019

 

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DA GASCÓN ANNOUNCES CAMPAIGN TO ENHANCE SAFETY FOR LGBTQ ELDERS IN HONOR OF PRIDE MONTH AND WORLD ELDER ABUSE AWARENESS DAY

SAN FRANCISCO — Today, San Francisco District Attorney George Gascón joined the office’s Victim Services Division, CUAV, and Openhouse to launch a public education campaign geared towards LGBTQ elders. In honor of Pride Month and World Elder Abuse Awareness Day, this campaign will focus on raising awareness about the types of mistreatment and isolation LGBTQ elders experience and improving the overall safety of marginalized and vulnerable community members.

“LGBTQ elders face a variety of discriminatory practices based on their sexual orientation, gender, age and race, and have been some of the most vulnerable members of our community for generations,” said District Attorney George Gascón. “As civic leaders, it’s imperative we serve as a bridge between the service providers and those who are in need.”

According to the National Center on Elder Abuse, it’s estimated that 1.5 million adults, aged 65 or older, are LGB (no transgender estimate provided). Many LGBTQ elders experience some form of victimization in their lifetime, and the types of victimization can range from elder abuse, financial exploitation, neglect, domestic violence, blackmail, etc.

This public education campaign aims to address the discrimination, mistreatment, and isolation experienced by LGBTQ elders. Our office strongly believes that it’s important we explore and discuss how we all play a role in preventing the mistreatment of LGBTQ elders. By collaborating and coordinating with partner organizations, we can raise public awareness and ensure our LGBTQ elders are safe. For this campaign, the office’s Victim Services Division will be distributing 100 posters to agencies and organizations that focus on senior services in the City and County of San Francisco.

“Lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender seniors are statistically more likely to live alone, have less family support and connection to services making them vulnerable to become victims of crime,” said Dr. Gena Castro Rodriguez, Chief of the Victim Services Division. “It is important for us to have responsive and effective services to provide connection, support and resources in times of need.”

The office’s Victim Services Division provides a variety of services for LGBTQ elders who have been the victim of a violent crime(s). These services include, but are not limited to, advocacy for elder abuse cases, homeless elders, pedestrian safety, and fraud cases, restitution on charged and adjudicated cases, as well as the use of the California Victim of Crime Compensation to assist with medical, dental, mental health expenses, crime scene cleanup, relocation, and other critical expenses.

INFORMATION ABOUT OUR PARTNER ORGANIZATIONS

Community United Against Violence (CUAV) was founded in 1979 and works to build the power of LGBTQ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer) communities to transform violence and oppression. CUAV supports the healing and leadership of those impacted by abuse and mobilize our broader communities to replace cycles of trauma with cycles of safety and liberation. As part of the larger social justice movement, CUAV works to create truly safe communities where everyone can thrive.

Openhouse was founded in San Francisco in 1998, and enables San Francisco Bay Area lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) seniors to overcome the unique challenges they face as they age by providing housing, direct services, and community programs. Openhouse works to reduce isolation and empower LGBT seniors to improve their health, well-being and economic security. To further their mission, Openhouse is building housing welcoming to LGBT older adults, organizes housing and service clinics to provide LGBT seniors with resources, and offers hundreds of LGBT-affirming programs including health and wellness workshops, an HIV support group, yoga, meditation, monthly discussions groups, etc.

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