Elder abuse and neglect reports continue to rise in Sonoma County

In Sonoma County, the total number of reported elder abuse and neglect cases grew 14 percent between 2016 and 2017, from 5,556 to 6,344 cases, according to the county’s Human Services Department.

News Story (California)

Martin Espinoza
Press Democrat (Santa Rosa, CA)
June 18, 2018

Tags: Elder Abuse, Seniors

Organizations mentioned/involved: Legal Aid of Sonoma County (California)


Ronit Rubinoff, executive director of Legal Aid of Sonoma County, said there’s a growing overlap between area housing woes and elder abuse, as more adult children or relatives are forced to move into homes owned or rented by seniors.

In one case handled by Rubinoff’s organization, a 74-year-old woman nearly lost her rental after her landlord tried to evict her for problems caused by her daughter, who was living with her. The daughter was neglecting the older woman, stealing her medications and not feeding her properly.