Martha Mannix Comments to Pittsburgh Tribune-Review on New DA Hire to Tackle Elder Abuse
Dick Skrinjar has joined the Allegheny County district attorney's office as a liaison between clients older than 60 and prosecutors. There has been a steady increase in elder abuse and neglect over the past few years in Pennsylvania, and Skrinjar will help ensure that victims of these crimes have a voice.
In the article, Associate Professor Martha Mannix says, “Many [older victims] feel intimidated about going to court, because many times it's a family member or a trusted person who's abusing them,” so to combat this Skrinjar will have an outreach plan to familiarize himself with members of senior living communities. Mannix believes that a liaison like this "can help victims understand their rights and counsel them to overcome the difficulty of bringing charges against someone who has taken advantage of them."
Associate Professor Mannix is the director of Pitt's Elder Law Clinic, and is a memeber of the Elder Law Committee of the Allegheny County Bar Association.