Looking Out for Older Rhode Islanders A priority of the Special Victims Unit is to protect older Rhode Islanders from abuse and exploitation, as this age group is Rhode Island’s fastest growing demographic. These crimes are drastically under-reported, since victims may often be afraid and reluctant to come forward. Raising awareness is critically important to create a community where victims feel safe coming forward, which helps lead to successful prosecutions of these crimes. Visit the Elder Abuse section to learn more. Two men sentenced to prison for separate instances of elder abuse "Sentences like these are necessary and appropriate. Victims should know they are not alone and that when they come forward, this Office, through our Elder Abuse Unit, will seek justice for them," said Attorney General Peter F. Neronha. AG Neronha Issues Guidance on Federal Stimulus Payments for Nursing Home Residents Attorney General Peter F. Neronha has issued guidance reminding nursing homes, assisted living facilities, and long-term care facilities that they are not permitted to seize, retain, or confiscate a resident's federal stimulus payment. The Office has received complaints of facilities confiscating federal stimulus payments from residents.