More than 75 senior citizens took part in a downtown march Monday, June 15 to bring awareness to the issues of elder abuse and neglect. “It’s a hidden crime and we want to build awareness so that people report and so that we can get intervention and assistance to our elders,” said Terri Kourtz, Protective Service Director at Old Colony Elder Services (OCES) in Brockton. In May, the agency received 152 reports of elder abuse – the highest number of cases ever received by the agency in a one-month period, she said. Event sponsors included the Brockton Council on Aging (COA), HarborOne Bank and Old Colony Elder Services (OCES). After the march, a cookout was held at the Brockton COA.

Below are some photos from the walk.

  • marching in the rain
  • Abuse hurts sign at march