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Elder abuse settlement reached

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MONTPELIER, Vt. -

A settlement Wednesday in a lawsuit challenging the state's response to elder abuse cases.

Vermont Legal Aid and Disability Rights Vermont sued the state's Adult Protective Services, saying the division routinely violates the law that requires investigations to start within 48 hours of being reported.

The two sides announced a settlement Wednesday.

"This agreement tells the public that our leaders will do what they can to ensure that the abuse of vulnerable adults is responded to quickly, appropriately, and that protective services are provided when needed," said Barbara Prine of Vermont Legal Aid.

Moving forward the state will launch an investigation within 48 hours of receiving a complaint of elder abuse. It will also provide protective services to alleged victims until the investigation is complete.

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