"Quite frankly, we are a greying community," explains Reed. "We have really got to concentrate, in a specialized way, on the unique challenges that are faced by the elderly in relation to domestic situations."
This year alone, domestic violence calls to San Antonio Police have shot up 36%. Experts say the abuser is often a family member.
"Even in families there is financial abuse against grandparents," says Reed.
City, county, and non-profit groups behind the idea of a shelter are still ironing out whether the center would be free standing, or part of an existing shelter. It would offer a full range of healthcare and support services, like transitional living, to financial literacy. The next step right now is finding funding for the project. Reed says that could come in the form of grants.
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