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Silence Isn’t Golden

The Southwest Virginia Elder Justice Task Force, chaired by Gary Cody with SW VA Legal Aid, works with a large planning group to help initiate the “SILENCE ISN’T GOLDEN” campaign in the southwest region of Virginia. Our partners consist of the Elder Justice Coalition of the New River Valley, Washington County/City of Bristol CCRT Elder Abuse Subcommittee, and the Wise County Senior Abuse Task Force. The campaign was funded in 2021 by the organizations listed below and continues today with the help of these partners.   We work to educate agencies across our area about elder abuse, and how awareness can help combat elder abuse; which are issues such as neglect, financial exploitation and physical and mental harm to seniors.

Silence is golden educational visit

Misty Lee, with Anthem HealthKeepers Plus stopped by Bland Co. DSS and met with staff to educate and supply their staff with informative materials reflecting the “Silence Isn’t Golden” campaign, which is an awareness campaign about elder abuse, offered by Southwest Virginia Elder Justice Task Force. Stop by Bland County Department of Social Services to gain an understanding about the “Silence Isn’t Golden” program and how you can contribute to stopping elder abuse.

The “SILENCE ISN’T GOLDEN” campaign in Southwest Virginia is modified and used by permission from Paul Greenwood, San Diego County, and Marcia Buchalter and Buchalter Consulting, who developed the concept and original materials.
The Southwest Virginia Elder Justice Task Force has a PowerPoint presentation we can use to visit agencies in the region to educate those about our Campaign.

If your organization is interested in booking us to give this presentation, please reach out to Gary Cody, Director of Development for Southwest Virginia Legal Aid Society,, or by phone, 276-783-8300, ext. 2011.

2021 Campaign Sponsors

Southwest Virginia Legal Aid
Virginia Law Foundation
Anthem Healthkeepers Plus
VSTOP OES Court Improvement Grant Tazewell
VSTOP OES Court Improvement Grant Wise

Please visit our Facebook page to learn more and how you can help.