World Elder and Abuse Day

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! To join a virtual event:

WEAAD Webinars

To register please click here

  • June 6, 2022 12 pm-1 pm
  • June 8, 2022 12pm-1 pm

(Both of these are hosted by the St. Louis Elder Financial Protection Coalition)

  • June 14, 2022 11 am-12 pm WEAAD 2022: Building Strong Support for Elders

(Hosted by the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services)

Television Coverage

  • June 9, 2022, Debra Schuster, Attorney/ Elder and Adult Mediator will be interviewed on Studio STL that airs from noon to 1 p.m.
  • June 15, 2022, Josh Morrill, Assistant Special Agent in Charge, FBI, St. Louis Division, will be interviewed on Fox 2 News In the Morning at 7:15 a.m.

How can I participate?


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June 15th World Elder Abuse Awareness Day