NASHVILLE, Tenn. - The state Capitol will be illuminated in purple Friday in honor of World Elder Abuse Awareness Day.
Governor Bill Haslam will join with DHS officials Friday to mark the occasion.
Last year, there were nearly 13,000 reports of adult abuse, neglect and exploitation across the state.
Investigators said that number only represents part of the problem. Many times cases of elder abuse go unreported because victims feel they cannot speak for themselves, or are embarrassed particularly if their abuser is a family member.
To report abuse, call Tennessee's Adult Protective Services 1-888-277-8366.