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Coroner's staff members receive elder abuse training

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[September 03, 2009]  Deputy Coroners Doug Brooks and Jason Southerland recently completed a two-day training seminar hosted by the Illinois Valley Crime Prevention Commission in LaSalle.

RestaurantThe class, Elder Abuse Training for Law Enforcement, was funded by a grant awarded by the Office on Violence Against Women, U.S. Department of Justice.

Instruction was provided on elder abuse dynamics, statutes and legal remedies, physical abuse, neglect, sexual abuse and stalking, abuse in facility settings, financial exploitation, and investigative procedures.

"Elder abuse is a growing concern as our population ages," said Coroner Robert Thomas, "and it is critical for the coroner's staff to identify the dynamics of elder abuse when investigating deaths of the elderly."

[Text from file received from Robert Thomas, Logan County coroner]

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