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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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Since 1981, National Crime Victims’ Rights Week (NCVRW) has challenged communities to extend their vision of crime victims’ rights and services to reach every victim of crime. The 2017 theme— Strength. Resilience. Justice.—reflects a vision for the future in which all victims are strengthened by the response they receive, organizations are resilient in response to challenges, and communities are able to seek collective justice and healing.

Find campaign materials, artwork, crime and victimization fact sheets, and more by visiting https://ovc.ncjrs.gov/ncvrw2017/

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NCALL National Resource Directory CoverNCALL’s National Abuse in Later Life Directory lists local programs designed to work with older victims of abuse, especially those who are experiencing domestic violence, sexual assault, or stalking. State and national resources have also been included in the directory to help direct older adults, family, and friends to services and additional resources in their area. If you would like to look for services for victims in your local area, please click here.

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In 2016, NCALL created the Working with Older Survivors of Abuse: A Framework for Advocatesreport. This summary report describes seven guiding principles with minimum guidelines and practical strategies for advocates and programs to consider when creating or enhancing their services to better meet the needs of older survivors. Hyperlinks to 34 video segments of experts discussing key content are interspersed throughout the document. To download this resource with captioned videos, please click here. To download this resource with visually described videos, please click here.

 

 

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