Fight Against Elderly Abuse: Winnebago Co. Receives $400,000

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Winnebago County will hire a specialist to help ensure elderly people don’t fall victim to abuse and domestic violence.

County leaders announced Thursday it received a $400,000 grant from the Department of Justice.  It’ll help establish the Enhanced Training and Services to End Abuse in Later Life program.  First responders, the State’s Attorney’s Office, and non-profit agencies will receive training to help them recognize the signs of abuse.

“We know that by working together, we work stronger,” said 17th Judicial Circuit Court Judge Rosemary Collins.  “This grant will help us collaborate to make sure this ever growing population is served in the best way possible to decrease the need for services for those at-risk in the elder community.”

Judge Collins says national experts will be brought in to help with training.

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