This year, the Department of the Family has received 1,132 referrals of possible abuse against older adults.

This year, the Department of the Family has received 1,132 referrals of possible abuse against older adults.

There are only six weeks of 2024 and the family Department It has already received 1,132 referrals of possible abuse against older adults, a figure that represents an increase compared to 2023, when, in the same period, 984 complaints were reported for investigation.

Given this scenario, the Secretary of the Family, Cieni Rodriguezwarned that this year will probably culminate with an increase in the number of referrals versus 2023, when they totaled 11,729. “This year, we can go above 12,000 cases if we do not stop the equation”he warned.

The increase in complaints of possible mistreatment against this sector has been constant over the past six years. According to official data, in 2017, the agency received 4,296 referrals of this type; In 2018, the number increased to 4,437, and in 2019, cases doubled, reaching 9,503. 2020 ended with 9,976 complaints; in 2021, with 11,133, and in 2022, with 11,155.

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