October 25, 2017 (Hagåtña) – Acting Governor Ray Tenorio participated this morning in a discussion and training session that the Guam Coalition Against Sexual Assault and Family Violence is conducting today and tomorrow.
The training is intended to enhance criminal justice professionals’ ability to address elderly abuse, neglect, and exploitation. It also provides cross-training opportunities for professionals working with older victims; establishes and supports a coordinated community response to elderly abuse; and improves services for victims who are 50 years of age or older.
“Our role is to understand the underlying causes and provide support where possible,” said Acting Governor Tenorio.
This session includes topics from the Department of Public Health and Social Services Division of Senior Citizens such as methods in avoiding these situations, and how impactful they are: one out of every four women will experience domestic abuse in her lifetime, and abused seniors are three times more likely to die than non-abused seniors.
“This is a great opportunity to learn. With statistics on the rise, every step needs to be taken to stop these heinous crimes from happening, and this starts with understanding the fundamentals about why people commit these crimes,” said the Acting Governor. “We will continue to work with our public safety agencies in ensuring these cases are handled with confidence and competence.”

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