Advocates' Toolkit

Working with Older Survivors of Abuse: A Toolkit for Advocates

As part of our shared mission to enhance the safety and quality of life of victims across the lifespan, NCALL and OVW have worked with advocates throughout the United States exploring how to better meet the needs of older survivors of abuse. Since 1999, NCALL and OVW have talked with older victims and professionals in the field, conducted listening sessions with subject matter experts, reviewed the literature and facilitated trainings. From this process, the Working with Older Survivors of Abuse: A Toolkit for Advocates was created.

Working with Older Survivors of Abuse: A Framework for Advocates
(released June 2016)

This summary report describes seven guiding principles with minimum guidelines and practical strategies for domestic and sexual violence advocates and programs to consider when working with older survivors. To view this resource with captioned videos, please click here. To view this resource with visually described videos, please click here.

 

 

Abuse in Later Life Education Series for Advocates (released June 2017)

The Abuse in Later Life Education Series for Advocates consists of 13 instructional video clips featuring national experts discussing key topics advocates encounter when serving older survivors. The training modules are formatted as videos, each less than 30 minutes in length. A worksheet accompanies each module with links to additional resources and questions for advocates and programs to consider as they incorporate key content into their practice.

For your convenience, NCALL has created a chart individuals can use to track which modules they have watched. The document contains the module title, information on the presenters, the length of each recorded module, and space to write the date the module was watched.


MODULE 1: Overview

As a result of this training, participants will be better able to:

  • Define why advocates must address abuse in later life
  • Identify NCALL resources for advocates on working with older survivors

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MODULE 2: Defining Elder Abuse & Abuse in Later Life


As a result of this training, participants will be better able to:

  • Define elder abuse and abuse in later life

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MODULE 3: Intimate Partner Violence in Later LifeLois, survivor


As a result of this training, participants will be better able to:

  • Define intimate partner violence in later life
  • Recognize that a significant portion of elder abuse cases involve female victims with spouses as perpetrators
  • Describe power and control tactics in abuse in later life

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MODULE 4: Sexual Abuse in Later LifeSue Hall Dreher, consultant


As a result of this training, participants will be better able to:

  • Define sexual abuse in later life
  • Recognize unique issues for older victims

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MODULE 5: Stalking in Later Life


As a result of this training, participants will be better able to:

  • Describe in later life
  • Explore some of the unique issues for older victims of stalking
  • Recognize technology can be used in stalking in later life

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MODULE 6: Economic Abuse & Financial Exploitation in Later LifeAnne, survivor


As a result of this training, participants will be better able to:

  • Define and identify indicators of economic abuse in the context of intimate partner violence
  • Define and identify indicators of financial exploitation by family members, trusted others, or strangers
  • Identify resources to assist older victims who have experienced economic abuse or financial exploitation

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MODULE 7: Neglect, Self-Neglect & the Role of APSRicker Hamilton, Maine Department of Health & Human Services


As a result of this training, participants will be better able to:

  • Define neglect and self-neglect Identify indicators of neglect Initiate contact with adult protective services and other professionals when appropriate

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Bonnie Brandl, National Clearinghouse on Abuse in Later LifeMODULE 8: Power and Control Tactics & the Role of Caregiver Stress 


As a result of this training, participants will be better able to:

  • Identify the dynamics of power & control and/or entitlement in abuse in later life relationships
  • Explore additional scenarios where harm may occur in relationships
  • Clarify the relationship between caregiver stress and abuse

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MODULE 9: Victim-Defined AdvocacyAnn Turner, National Clearinghouse on Abuse in Later Life


As a result of this training, participants will be better able to:

  • Define victim-defined advocacy for older survivors
  • Provide strength-based support to older survivors of abuse
  • Practice respectful, effective communication when working with older victims

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MODULE 10: Trauma & Older Survivors  Amy Judy, Vera Institute of Justice


As a result of this training, participants will be better able to:

  • Define individual and historical trauma
  • Understand the influence of trauma on older survivors

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Latrice Hogan, consultantMODULE 11: Providing Trauma-Informed Advocacy for Older Survivors 


As a result of this training, participants will be better able to:

  • Identify the effects of trauma on trauma survivors
  • Provide trauma-informed advocacy when working with older survivors

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MODULE 12: Mandatory Reporting Alicia Aiken, Confidentiality Institute


As a result of this training, participants will be better able to:

  • Define the relationship between privacy, confidentiality, and mandatory reporting
  • Determine whether or not you are a mandatory reporter and your legal obligations
  • Develop policies and practices to address mandatory reporting that minimize any unintended consequences to victims and promote autonomy and safety

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Anne Menard, National Resource Center on Domestic ViolenceMODULE 13: Elder-Informed Victim Services


As a result of this training, participants will be better able to:

  • Recognize the importance of including elder voices in designing programming and policy
  • Utilize the tools and strategies needed to implement inclusive, elder-informed programs and policies

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