Vulnerable Adult Linked Organizational Response
A multi-organizational, multi-disciplinary response to vulnerable adult victimization.
To Protect and to Preserve the Tranquility of Life for Our Vulnerable Adult Community
The mission of the VALOR Unit is to work in coordinated collaboration with all of the City, County, State, and Federal resources available to ensure the safety and well being of our vulnerable adult community to include all people over 65 years of age and those with developmental disabilities over 18 years of age. Through teamwork, we will find vulnerable adult abuse and exploitation wherever it is occurring, stop it immediately, and prosecute those who are responsible for it, to the fullest extent of the law. We pledge to work tirelessly to ensure the safety, comfort, and peace of mind of our vulnerable adult community. The future happiness of this population is our current responsibility. We will strive to make their remaining days free from worry and incidence of crime so they can live through their golden years with serenity.
What is VALOR: The Vulnerable Adult Linked Organizational Response (V.A.L.O.R.) unit is a multidisciplinary group of community organizations, both public and private, which work together in a prepared and structured response to issues surrounding people 65 years and older or developmentally disabled people 18 years and older. VALOR’s primary core group will be made up from local law enforcement, Adult Protective Services (APS) and Residential Care Services (RCS), District Prosecutors office, Elder Services, and Washington State Attorney General investigatory representatives. VALOR further utilizes links it has forged with other associated community organizations such as Elder Services, Aging and Long term Care of Eastern Washington., Department of Developmental Disabilities, the Ombudsman program, Meals on Wheels, Gate Keeper’s, the V.A.L.U. (Vulnerable Adults Links United networking group) and others which can contribute to the continued well-being of the vulnerable adult population.
The goals of the V.A.L.O.R. unit are to:
1. Educate the vulnerable adult population and those whom work with this population in order to recognize and prevent victimization.
2. Quickly respond to and triage an emergent situation in order to initially stem further victimization.
3. Develop various long-term remedies to assure no further victimization and repair the harm done by previous victimization.
Indicators of Vulnerable Adult Abuse
Definitions Relating to Vulnerable Abuse
Phishing Scam: This scam is a variation on the “phishing” scam that is still one of the most popular scams out there. What happens is that there will be a call from a person claiming to be from DSHS requesting the senior’s personal and financial info to pay for the new “Provider 1” card. DSHS is stressing that there will be no cost to the client to get this card and that anyone who makes this call is a scam artist. More information is available to DSHS clients online. Please report any callers asking for this type of information to either the police or Crime Check at 456-2233.