TOPEKA, Kan. (WIBW)_ About 15,000 calls have been made to report suspected abuse or neglect of vulnerable adults in Kansas.
Wednesday, advocates are speaking out to make a change.
State leaders and community groups gathered outside Jayhawk Agency Area on Aging to raise awareness of this problem.
Peter Jouras spoke at the event. He says last summer he hired a private caretaker for his elderly mother who stole items from her.
His mother suffers from a disorder called progressive super nuclear palsy. This left her disabled, and unable to report anything.
This isn't the only form of abuse, it may come in the form of neglect, exploitation, emotional or physical abuse. Peter says he hopes this added awareness will make a change.
"You feel violated that someone took advantage that way and went through things that were well hidden that my mom had well hidden," said Peter.
Speakers came up with an initiative to help vulnerable adults. The plan is to increase awareness, increase skills and knowledge of social workers, increase collaboration with state and local partners, improve accountability, improve access to community services, and promote self determination.