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

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 

The Abuse in Later Life Education Series for Advocates consists of 20 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.

 

Please note: There is no cost to view these modules. You will be prompted to complete a short survey of 3 questions prior to accessing each module.

The Abuse in Later Life Education Series for Advocates is currently supported with Grant No. 2016-TA-AX-K077 awarded by the Office on Violence Against Women, U.S. Department of Justice. The opinions, findings, conclusions, and recommendations expressed are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the views of the Department of Justice, Office on Violence Against Women.

If you would like to make a tax-deductible donation to the National Clearinghouse on Abuse in Later Life (NCALL), you may do so on our Donation page.


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

Module includes:


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

Module includes: 


MODULE 3: Intimate Partner Violence Lois
in Later Life


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

Module includes: 


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 Anne
Exploitation in Later Life


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-NeglectRicker Hamilton
& the Role of APS


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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MODULE 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

Module includes:


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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MODULE 14: Support Groups for 
Older Survivors 

 

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

  • Identify why support groups are
    important for older survivors
  • Apply survivor centered practices when
    planning & designing support group practices
  • Develop an effective outreach plan to encourage attendance

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MODULE 15: Powers of Attorney
and Guardianship


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

  • Identify and describe documents and processes that designate a substitute decision maker to act on an older survivor’s
    behalf
  • Recognize the warning signs of abuse by a
    substitute decision maker
  • Identify national and local legal resources
    available to address power of attorney and
    guardianship concerns

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MODULE 16: Policies to Enhance SafetyBonnie Brandl
for Older Survivors


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

  • Recognize unique role advocates play in providing services to older adults
  • Identify barriers to common policies utilized
    by direct service Domestic Violence and Sexual
    Assault victim service agencies
  • Design agency policies that better meet the needs of older survivors

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MODULE 17: Advancing Equity for Older Victims


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

  • Define equity
  • Describe barriers to equity in services and programs
  • Identify strategies to promote equity for older survivors

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MODULE 18: Collaboration—
Making It Work For You


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

  • Identify the benefits of collaboration
  • Distinguish the types of collaborative groups
  • Recognize the issues and challenges to collaboration

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MODULE 19: Increasing Awareness of
Abuse in Later Life

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

  • Recognize some of the opportunities to raise awareness of elder abuse and abuse in later life
  • Find or create awareness materials that are
    relevant and accessible to older survivors of
    abuse in your community and the professionals
    who work with older survivors

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Module 20: Working with Survivors Alicia Aiken, Confidentiality Institute
Who Have Guardians


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

  • Describe the basic concept of guardianships
  • Determine their ability to provide services
    to an older survivor who has a guardian, and
  • Provide services to a survivor in accordance
    with local laws and the terms of that survivor’s guardianship.

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