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Overview: The National Clearinghouse on Abuse in Later Life (NCALL) and the American Bar Association Commission on Domestic & Sexual Violence have created a 5-part webinar series on Abuse in Later Life for civil attorneys, legal advocates and others who wish to gain a deeper understanding of Abuse in Later Life (ALL). The primary focus of these webinars will be addressing the needs of older victims of domestic violence and sexual assault. This series is sponsored by the U.S. Department of Justice Office on Violence Against Women (OVW).  There will be no cost for webinar participants.

  • January 25, 2018: Module 1: Abuse in Later Life Overview This module explores forms of abuse in later life, common abuser tactics, and dynamics of power and control that exist in many abuse in later life cases.
  • February 8, 2018: Module 2: Forming the Relationship with Your Client This module discusses the importance of using a victim-centered approach to screening for abuse in later life and critical challenges to client communication, including accessibility and cultural barriers. The key concepts of privilege, confidentiality, and mandated reporting are also discussed.
  • February 22, 2018: Module 3: Client Goal-setting and Non-litigation Responses This module discusses the need for civil attorneys to listen to client priorities and goals to achieve desired outcomes. Engaging in multi-disciplinary collaboration and client advocacy are also reviewed.
  • March 8, 2018: Module 4: Legal Resolutions and Remedies This module identifies available civil legal remedies that serve both vulnerable and competent older victims.
  • March 22, 2018: Module 5: Bringing the Case - Trial Skills
    This module discusses the identification and preservation of evidence and testimony and helps viewers to understand methods to develop an effective elder abuse case theory and prepare witnesses for direct and cross-examination.

Who Should Enroll: The webinar series is tailored to the needs of civil attorneys and legal advocates. Registration, however, is open to all participants who wish to further develop their professional understanding of ALL.

CLE Credits: The ABA directly applies for and ordinarily receives CLE credit for ABA programs in AK, AL, AR, AZ, CA, CO, DE, GA, GU, HI, IA, IL, IN, KS, KY, LA, MN, MS, MO, MT, NH, NM, NV, NY, NC, ND, OH, OK, OR, PA, PR, SC, TN, TX, UT, VT, VA, VI, WA, WI, and WV. These states sometimes do not approve a program for credit before the program occurs. This transitional program is approved for both newly admitted and experienced attorneys in NY. Attorneys may be eligible to receive CLE credit through reciprocity or attorney self-submission in other states. For more information about CLE accreditation in your state, visit: http://www.americanbar.org/publications_cle/mandatory_cle.html or contact Michelle Duarte at michelle.duarte@americanbar.org.

Register Online at: https://ta2ta.org/webinars/registration/abuse-in-later-life-a-webinar-series-for-civil-att.html

Questions? Please contact NCALL Justice System Coordinator, Ann Laatsch, at alaatsch@ncall.us if you have additional questions regarding this webinar series. 

 

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The NCALL team is excited to announce that Lisa Furr has joined our staff as our new Program Manager! Lisa brings a vast set of skills and expertise on elder abuse to this work. She is an excellent trainer and facilitator and her experiences working at many levels of government and in communities around the country will be an asset to NCALL’s strategic goals. Lisa has collaborated with NCALL as a consultant in the past and she has a deep commitment to our vision and mission. Lisa also has strong connections to the elder abuse field and will be helping NCALL grow our national work.
 
At NCALL, Lisa will oversee our home office operations and will manage the OVW ALL Grant program work. Lisa’s first day will be January 2, her email address and phone contact information will be shared with folks once it becomes available.
 
Please join us in welcoming Lisa to the NCALL team and to End Domestic Abuse Wisconsin!
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End Domestic Abuse Wisconsin is delighted to announce that our National Clearinghouse on Abuse in Later Life (NCALL) was recently awarded grant funding from The Office for Victims of CrimeThe NCALL video project, Lifting Up the Voices of Older Survivors, will focus on filming older survivors of abuse sharing their lived experience. These new videos will promote community awareness about elder abuse, provide educators with tools to train professionals, and promote the visibility of older adults in naming their experience. 
 
This is one of a number of projects The Office for Victims of Crime is funding on elder abuse. To learn more, please visit: https://www.justice.gov/opa/pr/justice-department-invests-342-million-fight-against-elder-abuse-and-financial-exploitation.
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We're Hiring!

The National Clearinghouse on Abuse in Later Life (NCALL) is seeking applicants for our NCALL Program Manager position. This 40-hour per week, exempt position is responsible for nationwide leadership enhancing safety and the quality of life of older victims and survivors with specific focus on coordinated community response (CCR) and leadership development. The Program Manager will provide training and technical assistance to professionals throughout the country. In addition, this management position includes supervision responsibilities and will oversee the drafting of proposals, complying with budget limitations, drafting and reviewing contracts, and completing reports for OVW and other funders. National travel is required. Although NCALL is based in Madison, Wisconsin, this position can be performed remotely.

To learn more and to apply, visit: http://www.endabusewi.org/IndividualListing.aspx?PostingId=81.

For early consideration, please apply by Monday, October 30, 2017. The position will remain open until filled, and interviews will be conducted on a rolling basis. Interviews will begin in November 2017. The anticipated start date for this position is December 1, 2017.

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First observed 30 years ago, Domestic Violence Awareness Month (DVAM) is now widely recognized as an opportunity to raise the visibility of domestic violence, while also providing survivors, advocates, organizations, and communities across the country with the occasion to connect with each other and honor those who have lost their lives because of domestic violence. The Domestic Violence Awareness Project, a project of the National Resource Center on Domestic Violence, has created a number of resources for DVAM. Please visit their site to learn more.  

New Resources for Trainers! 

To commemorate DVAM 2017, NCALL will be releasing the Trainers’ Toolkit with several new and redesigned resources for trainers. This toolkit will include interactive exercises, training modules, and a variety of PowerPoint slide sets. Trainers may use these components to create or supplement their own abuse in later life training. Stay tuned to our website throughout the month and visit the For Trainers button to learn more.

Additional DVAM Resources

In an effort to help communities raise awareness of domestic violence in later life, NCALL also created two new customizable posters for Domestic Violence Awareness Month. Our 2017 posters and other DVAM posters and graphics may be found onNCALL’s Graphics and Media page under the Domestic Violence Awareness Month tab.

Finally, we invite you to join us all month long on Facebook and Twitter as we honor older survivors of domestic violence and look to engage advocates in providing services and support to older victims in their communities.  

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The Office on Violence Against Women is pleased to announce the release of a request for proposals for the Enhanced Training And Services To End Abuse In Later Life Program.  For this solicitation, OVW will accept applications for the Abuse in Later Life Program from the following:

  • New applicants who have never received funding  
  • Applicants who received funding in FY 2002 through FY 2004 under the Abuse in Later Life Program
  • Continuation applicants that have an existing award under the Abuse in Later Life Program or who received funding in FY 2009 – FY 2014.

Grant recipients that received funding under the Abuse in Later Life Program in FY 2015 or 2016 are NOT eligible to apply.

The request for proposals can be found at: https://www.justice.gov/ovw/page/file/996046/download.  

Proposals are due November 8, 2017.

For more information, contact Janice Green at the Office on Violence Against Women at Janice.A.Green@usdoj.gov.

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Announcing the Fall 2017 National Institute on the Prosecution of Elder Abuse

Co-sponsored by the National Clearinghouse on Abuse in Later Life, the Office on Violence Against Women, and AEquitas

New Orleans, LA

November 7-10, 2017

The National Institute on the Prosecution of Elder Abuse (NIPEA) is a three-and-one-half-day course designed to challenge prosecutors to reevaluate their approach to prosecuting elder abuse cases. Participants receive training on the dynamics of elder abuse as well as practical skills to successfully prosecute these cases. NIPEA explores the complex issues faced by prosecutors -- balancing offender accountability with the impact of criminal prosecution on victims. In addition to case evaluation and litigation skills, the curriculum examines the benefits of developing a coordinated, victim-centered community response; explains common injuries and relevant medical evidence, providing guidance on the use of medical experts; explores ethical issues confronted by prosecutors; addresses the development and improvement of culturally-specific victim services; and offers prosecutors the ability to redefine outcomes and the very nature of justice in elder abuse cases.

NIPEA will take place at the DoubleTree by Hilton in New Orleans, Louisiana. Fifty-four (54) slots are available. There is no tuition fee for the institute.  Attendees may qualify for approximately twenty (20) continuing legal education credit hours including at least one (1) hour of ethics credit.

Preference will be given to prosecutor offices participating in the OVW Enhanced Training and Services to End Violence Against and Abuse of Women Later in Life Program (or prosecutor offices which are partnered with organizations that receive such funds). All other applicants/prosecutors will be considered in the order in which they apply. 

Interested prosecutors may apply to attend NIPEA by completing the survey here. Submission of an application does not guarantee a spot in the Institute; please DO NOT make travel arrangements unless and until you have been notified that you are accepted for the course. If you need assistance completing this survey, please contact Nina Reynolds at 608-237-3454 or nreynolds@ncall.us.

Registration will continue until the event reaches capacity.

Participant comments from past institutes highlight the practical value and outstanding quality of this program:

  • "This has been the best training/series of trainings. Inspiring, substantive, well organized. I feel so grateful to be exposed to it. Thank you for doing these trainings. Amazing."

  • "Fantastic training. [ . . . ] Already motivated to go home and dig in!”

  • “Good job with case studies. Very practical. As a former educator, I recognize and appreciate the variety of teaching strategies you used.”

Please contact Ann Laatsch at alaatsch@ncall.us for more information about this program.

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One in ten older adults are abused each year. Some of these older victims are in dangerous situations and need a temporary place to live or new permanent housing. Yet, many shelters and transitional housing programs are ill-equipped to meet the unique needs of older survivors.

To better understand and address the needs of older adults in crises, in 2016, the National Clearinghouse on Abuse in Later Life (NCALL) facilitated a Roundtable on Emergency Shelter and Transitional Housing for Victims of Abuse in Later Life. The Roundtable was jointly hosted by the U.S. Department of Justice, through the Office on Violence Against Women (OVW), and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, through the Administration for Community Living (ACL), and the Family Violence Prevention and Services Program (FVPSA).

The Roundtable participants were a select group of experts in the elder abuse and domestic violence fields, including: four older survivors who had utilized emergency shelters and transitional housing; nine local victim service providers; two representatives from state domestic violence coalitions; eight national OVW funded technical assistance providers; and, more than a dozen policy and program specialists representing federal agencies responsible for administering victim services. Each of these perspectives revealed critical insights on how older survivors perceive and receive various types of victim services, and how advocates at local, state, and national levels can improve the available options.

We are pleased to share a new article, authored by Bonnie Brandl, Cailin Crockett, and Juanita Davis, that reveals the lessons learned from the testimonies of the survivors, advocates and experts at the Roundtable, summarizes the Roundtable’s overarching themes, and offers recommendations for programmatic responses to better serve older adults experiencing abuse, so they may find a safe place to heal, and ultimately, to thrive.

 

 

 

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NCALL is proud to announce the release of the Abuse in Later Life Education Series for Advocates. This new training series 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. To learn more, please visit: http://www.ncall.us/Advocates-Toolkit/
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Recognizing the Emergency Housing & Shelter Needs of Older Survivors on World Elder Abuse Awareness Day

By: Ashley Slye, Senior Transitional Housing Specialist, NNEDV & Bonnie Brandl, Director, National Clearinghouse on Abuse in Later Life (NCALL)

Today, communities across the United States and around the world recognize World Elder Abuse Awareness Day: an international observance held on June 15 each year to bring visibility to interpersonal violence experienced by older adults. A serious public health and human rights issue that too often goes ignored, elder abuse can include physical, psychological, or sexual abuse; neglect; and financial exploitation. Since approximately two-thirds of older victims are female, elder abuse is a subset of violence against women. For example, the most extensive national study to-date found that 1 in 10 community-residing older adults reported experiencing at least one form of abuse the previous year—and the majority of cases of physical violence involved female victims with spouses as perpetrators. In addition to being intimate partners, perpetrators of abuse in later life are likely to be family members, paid and unpaid caregivers, and other persons in a relationship where the victim and society expect compassion and caring. Even when the abuser is not an intimate partner, the dynamics of power and control commonly experienced by younger victims and other forms of abuse may be present.

Domestic violence advocates throughout the country are therefore well-positioned to provide older survivors of abuse with critical trauma-informed services and support, from safety planning, to emergency shelter and transitional housing. Many local programs are doing important work to ensure that survivors across the lifespan benefit from their expertise, as the most recent NNEDV Census shows that 81% of domestic violence shelters provided advocacy and services for older victims throughout the year in 2016. Still, we know from our work with advocates and listening to older survivors that common challenges exist for victims aged 50 and older in accessing domestic violence programs—particularly when it comes to securing accessible emergency shelter and transitional housing. Some obstacles older survivors experience include:

  • Misalignment between the older survivors’ needs and traditional safety planning: For example, strategies to end all contact with the abuser may not resonate with an older victim who wants to maintain a relationship with the person who is harming them. Often older victims want the abuse to end but they want to safely, and sometimes in a supervised setting, continue some form of contact with a partner of many years, adult child, grandchild, or other family members. 
  • True peer advocacy for older adults who find they are the only survivor of their age group in the program: Adjusting to living with younger women and children can be difficult for older survivors. Some older victims feel invisible or that their unique needs, such as accessing resources like Social Security or Medicare, are not addressed or advocates do not have the tools to address their needs.
  • Accessibility: Shelters or communal transitional housing programs with bunk beds, narrow doors and walkways limiting access for persons using walkers or wheelchairs, inconvenient or unavailable ramps or elevators, and no bars in showers/raised toilets may not be accessible for persons with limited mobility. 
  • Restrictive policies: The ability to live independently is often an eligibility requirement of some domestic violence shelters or transitional housing programs. As a result, persons with dementia or other cognitive limitations as well as older victims who require personal attendants and/or assistance with activities of daily living may be told they are ineligible for services and referred elsewhere.

    Despite these and other challenges, domestic violence programs can modify their practices and policies to better support older survivors. To support your efforts, NCALL is releasing a new resource TODAY, offering DV advocates practical tips and strategies on how to enhance your response to and work with older survivors. The Abuse in Later Life Education Series for Advocates is a series of 13 training modules, each consisting of an instructional video clip featuring national experts on abuse in later life walking through key topics advocates encounter in serving older survivors. Each module explores the themes highlighted in NCALL’s toolkit, Working with Older Survivors of Abuse: A Framework for Advocates, such as domestic and sexual violence in later life, victim-defined advocacy, mandatory reporting, and elder-informed victim services.

    Along with NCALL, NNEDV is committed to supporting domestic violence programs across the country as they provide safety, healing, and recognition of the inherent dignity of survivors across the lifespan. We are excited by this new resource, which will equip advocates with concrete examples, tips, and encouragement for reimagining how simple modifications of their programs and policies can go a long way towards the meaningful inclusion of older survivors. On this World Elder Abuse Awareness Day, it is vital that our field acknowledges the intersection of age with gender-based violence—alongside other factors, such as race, ethnicity, religion, disability, socioeconomic status, gender identity, and sexual orientation. Let us work together to support survivors in all of their diversity.

    To learn more about the resources from the National Clearinghouse on Abuse in Later Life, visit:
    http://www.ncall.us/resources-and-publications/.
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