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New elder abuse law helps ID victims

A new law aims to protect senior citizens from abuse. (FOX19 NOW) A new law aims to protect senior citizens from abuse. (FOX19 NOW)
Lawmakers including Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine held a press conference Thursday to explain a new elder abuse law. (FOX19 NOW/Mike Woeste) Lawmakers including Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine held a press conference Thursday to explain a new elder abuse law. (FOX19 NOW/Mike Woeste)
HAMILTON, OH (FOX19) -

By Sara Celi

A newly passed law to crack down on elder abuse will help authorities identify victims.

Lawmakers behind the measure, State Rep. Wes Retherford (R-Hamilton) and Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine, will explain at a 10 a.m. press conference at the Butler County Prosecutor's Office off High Street in Hamilton.

The Ohio Elder Justice Act passed March 17 with bipartisan support. 

It requires the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services to report on the creation of a registry to help identify victims of abuse. Employees in several financial fields must now report suspected abuse cases. The law also establishes a statewide Elder Abuse Commission to help victims, improve policy, and improve judicial response to the victims.

Studies estimate that between 3 and 6 percent of the U.S. population older than 65 suffer from abuse and/or neglect, mostly by relatives.

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