King County Council members declared June 15 as Elder Abuse Awareness Day to reflect concerns about the safety of vulnerable adults. The proclamation encourages citizens to commit to building safer lives and safer community for elderly residents. The council also highlighted the public and private agencies in the fight against elder abuse, including the King County Prosecutor's Office and the King County Coalition Against Domestic Violence. "As difficult as it is to believe, many cases of elder abuse involve their own family members," Councilwoman Kathy Lambert, Law, Justice, Health and Human Services Committee chairwoman and the Issaquah representative, said in a statement. King County prosecutors handle about 350 cases a year involving elder neglect, abuse or financial exploitation. The office includes a specially trained unit to investigate and prosecute elder abuse cases.