WITNESS Video on Elder Abuse on Link TV - Tonight!

WITNESS’ recent video, “An Age of Justice: Confronting Elder Abuse in America” - supported in part by the Overbrook Foundation - will broadcast on Link TV starting tonight –Tuesday, June 15th, at 8:30pm EST.

The film is a joint effort of WITNESS and its partner the National Council on Aging (NCOA) to empower older Americans and others who care about them to speak out against elder abuse in the U.S. It also marks a significant advocacy success. The film's screenings on Capitol Hill played a role in our Federal government’s signing the Elder Justice Act (EJA) into law as part of the comprehensive health reform legislation in March!

It is estimated that as many as five million Americans aged 65 or older have suffered abuse of some sort, including physical, emotional, sexual, and financial abuse. Elder abuse cuts across gender, social, racial, ethnic, economic and geographic lines but, unlike with child abuse and domestic violence, there has been no Federal legislation to protect our oldest citizens until passage of the EJA.

“An Age of Justice” features moving stories of elder abuse recorded by video advocates across the U.S. In addition to Link TV’s nationwide broadcast on television and on its website, www.linktv.org/programs/age-for-justice, WITNESS and NCOA have launched an awareness-raising initiative, with community-based organizations and senior centers across the country hosting screenings. Visit www.elderjusticenow.org/host-a-screening for more information.

Make sure to watch (or set your DVR)!