World Elder and Abuse Day

Governor's Proclamation

2024 World Elder Abuse Awareness Day Proclamation

What is World Elder Abuse Awareness Day (WEAAD)?
June 15

World Elder Abuse Awareness Day (WEAAD) is commemorated every June 15th to provide an opportunity for communities to promote a better understanding of abuse and neglect of older adults.  WEAAD reminds us that elder abuse has implications for all of us.  It is a call to action for individuals, organizations, and communities to learn how to identify, address, and prevent elder abuse so we can all do our part to support everyone as they age. 

This year, the theme for WEAAD is Building Strong Support for Elders.  Take action today to prevent and address elder abuse and neglect by:

  • Engaging Older People.
  • Empower Communities.
  • Speak Out!
  • Involve Youth.

Make a difference. Make the call.

Missouri’s Adult Abuse and Neglect Hotline responds to reports of abuse, bullying, neglect, and financial exploitation. If you suspect someone is being abused, bullied, neglected or exploited, call the hotline at 800-392-0210. The hotline operates 365 days per year from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. People who are deaf or hard of hearing may utilize Relay Missouri by calling 1-800-735-2466. You can report online at

Adult Abuse and Neglect Hotline

Upcoming Events

DHSS is excited to raise awareness with our partners in the aging community!

WEAAD Webinars

Lunch and Learn Webinar Series

  • June 11, 2024
    WEAAD Webinar - Decision-Making in Later Life: Navigating Risk and Optimizing Safety
    1 - 2:15 pm (ET)
  • June 12, 2024
    Elder Justice Coordinating Council Meeting
    10 am – 12 pm (ET) 

How can I participate?


Materials - Order NOW!

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June 15th World Elder Abuse Awareness Day