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On June 7, 2018,  NCALL and the Canadian Association of Retired Persons (CARP) hosted a 90-minute webinar in recognition of World Elder Abuse Awareness Day. This webinar featured a 50-minute international conversation between Bonnie Brandl (United States), Dr. Jane Mears (Australia), Bridget Penhale (United Kingdom), and Laura Tamblyn Watts (Canada), as well as a discussion of new work, resources, and funding opportunities. Use the links below to access the full 90-minute webinar recording and its resource materials. You can also view the 50-minute international conversation alone by choosing the corresponding link below.


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World Elder Abuse Awareness Day (WEAAD) was launched in 2006 by the International Network for the Prevention of Elder Abuse and the World Health Organization  at the United Nations as a way for communities to raise awareness of elder abuse and neglect around the world. By setting aside a day, June 15, to focus on the cultural, social, economic, and demographic factors that contribute to the abuse and neglect of older adults, we hope to reduce or eliminate the astounding human and financial costs of abuse in later life.

Check out our WEAAD planning sheet to find ideas for raising awareness and supporting older survivors on June 15 and throughout the year. For additional ideas on how you can take action and to locate World Elder Abuse Awareness Day events near you, we invite you to visit the Administration for Community Living, National Center on Elder Abuse, and USC Center on Elder Mistreatment World Elder Abuse Awareness Day microsite at: http://eldermistreatment.usc.edu/weaad-home/.

New Training and Educational Resources!
This June, we're making it even easier to learn about elder abuse and the unique issues facing older adults and survivors of abuse. In conjunction with WEAAD, we are pleased to release three new Training of Trainers (TOT) Modules to round out our Trainers' Toolkit. The modules, featuring NCALL Director, Bonnie Brandl, aim to provide trainers with tips and strategies to lead successful training events. The Trainers' Toolkit also features PowerPoint slides and interactive training exercises for use in creating or enhancing your own elder abuse training. Find them at: www.ncall.us/for-trainers . Finally, please be sure to check out our new YouTube channel with more than 100 videos related to working with older survivors of abuse.

Selected World Elder Abuse Awareness Day 2018 Events
Please follow us throughout the month on Twitter and Facebook and make plans to join the NCALL team for the following World Elder Abuse Awareness Day events:

June 7, 2pm ET: A Webinar  Celebrating 2018 World Elder Abuse Awareness Day featuring an international conversation with Bonnie Brandl (United States), Dr. Jane Mears (Australia), Bridget Penhale (United Kingdom), and Laura Tamblyn Watts (Canada). During the webinar, NCALL and staff from the Canadian Association of Retired Persons will also discuss new work, resources, and funding opportunities through the U.S. Department of Justice, Office on Violence Against Women Enhanced Training and Services to End Abuse in Later Life grant program. Register at: https://bit.ly/2HUqL75

June 28, 2pm ET: NCALL and the National Center on Protection Orders and Full Faith & Credit will present Protection Orders and Older Victims: A Survivor-Centered Approach, a 60-minute webinar discussing the unique needs of older survivors who are seeking protection orders. Please join us to learn how you can better support an older survivor before, during, and after the court process. Register at: https://bit.ly/2qZnee3
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DateThursday, June 28, 2018

Time: 2:00 PM (EST)/1:00 PM (CST)/12:00 PM (MST)/11:00 AM (PST)

Duration: 60 Minutes

Title: Protection Orders and Older Victims: A Survivor-Centered Approach

Presented by:  The National Center on Protection Orders and Full Faith & Credit (NCPOFFC) and the National Clearinghouse on Abuse in Later Life (NCALL)

 

Overview: Older survivors can face unique barriers in obtaining and enforcing protection orders against their abuser(s). In conjunction with World Elder Abuse Awareness Day 2018, NCPOFFC and NCALL are pleased to offer a webinar to discuss survivor-centered strategies for advocates and attorneys who are working with older victims as they navigate the court system. This webinar will include tips and best practices to apply while preparing to seek a protection order, during court appearances, and after an order is granted.

About the presenters:

Ann Laatsch is the Justice System Coordinator for the National Clearinghouse on Abuse in Later Life (NCALL), a project of End Domestic Abuse Wisconsin (End Abuse). Laatsch is responsible for nationwide leadership within the criminal justice system on enhancing safety and the quality of life of older victims and survivors of abuse. In her past work, she has provided legal representation to survivors of domestic and elder abuse, and people with disabilities. Laatsch has developed and presented trainings on a range of topics including domestic violence, housing law, public benefits, elder rights, and disability issues. Laatsch is a graduate of Carroll University. She received her law degree from the University of Wisconsin Law School in 2005. She lives and works in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

 

Millicent Shaw Phipps is the Managing Attorney for The National Center on Protection Orders and Full Faith & Credit (NCPOFFC). In addition to providing training and responding to technical assistance requests, she supervises daily operations, directs strategic planning for the project, oversees the completion of grant objectives, and manages project staff and consultants. Before assuming her current position, Millicent was a staff attorney at the American Prosecutors Research Institute, the research, training and technical assistance division of the National District Attorneys Association. She is a graduate of the University of Washington School of Law and licensed in the states of Maryland and Washington.

 

Who should enroll: This webinar is open to advocates, attorneys, and anyone who is interested in learning more about older survivors, victim safety, and legal advocacy.

 

Registration: https://ta2ta.org/webinars/registration/protection-orders-and-older-victims-a-survivor-cen.html

 

Questions: Please contact Ann Laatsch at alaatsch@ncall.us if you have additional questions regarding this webinar.

 

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Date: Thursday, June 7, 2018

Time: 2:00 PM (EST)/1:00 PM (CST)/12:00 PM (MST)/11:00 AM (PST)

Duration: 90 Minutes

Title: Celebrating 2018 World Elder Abuse Awareness Day

Presented by:  National Clearinghouse on Abuse in Later Life (NCALL) and Canadian Association of Retired Persons (CARP)

 

Overview: On June 7, make plans to join a 90-minute World Elder Abuse Awareness Day webinar featuring a lively, international conversation with NCALL’s Bonnie Brandl (United States), Dr. Jane Mears (Australia), Bridget Penhale (England), and Laura Tamblyn Watts (Canada). These dynamic women have each led initiatives in their respective countries for more than 25 years at the intersection of domestic violence, sexual abuse, and elder abuse.  During the webinar, NCALL and CARP staff will also discuss our new work, resources, and funding opportunities through the OVW Enhanced Training and Services to End Abuse in Later Life grant program.

Who should enroll: This webinar is open to anyone interested in learning more about resources and strategies to address abuse in later life.

Registration: Registration has closed. Using the links below, you can now watch the webinar recording and access the resource materials. 

 

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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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Elder abuse is a hidden yet growing problem that impacts older adults of all races, cultures, sexual orientations, social classes, geographic areas, faith communities, mental capacities, and physical abilities. Although definitions of elder abuse vary, the term generally refers to any physical, sexual, or psychological abuse, neglect, abandonment, or financial exploitation of an older person either within a relationship where there is an expectation of trust and/or when an older person is targeted based on age or disability (U.S. DOJ, 2013).

The National Clearinghouse on Abuse in Later Life (NCALL) is committed to creating a world that respects the dignity of older adults and enhances the safety and quality of life of older victims and survivors of abuse. This June 15th, World Elder Abuse Awareness Day, we urge communities to join us in raising awareness about elder abuse and to take action to support older survivors throughout the country.

Here’s a few ways you can get engaged now:

  • Educate yourself and others about elder abuse & abuse in later life.
  • Raise awareness of elder abuse and abuse in later life through social and print media and awareness campaigns.
  • Join the national community of advocates and others committed to promoting respect and dignity across the lifespan by joining NCALL’s advocates’ listserv or e-newsletter list.
  • Take action in your community.

Below we’ve highlighted a selection of events featuring NCALL staff:

  • June 7: Casa de Esperanza will host a Blog Talk Radio Show featuring NCALL Elder Victim Service and Advocacy Coordinator, Ann Turner.
  • June 13: The American Society on Aging (ASA) is hosting a WEAAD webinar, "Domestic Violence and Sexual Abuse in Later Life: What You Can Do to Support Older Victims," featuring NCALL Director, Bonnie Brandl.
  • June 15: World Elder Abuse Awareness Day

Learn more:

To learn how you can take action, locate WEAAD events near you, or register your own event, we invite you to visit the Administration for Community Living, National Center on Elder Abuse, and USC Center for Elder Mistreatment World Elder Abuse Awareness Day microsite at: http://eldermistreatment.usc.edu/weaad-home/

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Date: Thursday, June 15, 2017
Time: 2:00 PM (EST)/1:00 PM (CST)/12:00 PM (MST)/11:00 AM (PST)
Duration: 90 minutes
Cost: Free

Presented by: The U.S Department of Justice, Office on Violence Against Women (OVW) and National Clearinghouse on Abuse in Later Life (NCALL)

Overview: Each day, 10,000 baby boomers turn 65. As the number of older individuals in America increases, unfortunately so does the number of potential victims of elder abuse. Research indicates that one in ten older adults are abused and that two-thirds of elder abuse victims are women. This webinar on June 15 - World Elder Abuse Awareness Day (WEAAD) – will commemorate WEAAD 2017 and the efforts of communities and professional around the county to confront elder abuse. This webinar will also provide participants with a detailed overview of OVW’s Enhanced Training and Services to End Abuse in Later Life grant program. This grant program funds communities across the country to address elder abuse through trainings, services, and a coordinated community response. Participants will hear from previous years’ grantees about the impact the grant program has had on their community’s response to abuse in later life. Participants will also learn about steps they can take to prepare to apply for the grant.

About the presenters:
Janice Green (J.D.) is a Senior Program Specialist with the US Department of Justice, Office on Violence Against Women. Green has worked at the Department for over 18 years and has managed the Enhanced Training and Services to End Abuse in Later Life Grant Program since 2002. She has collaborated with national experts to facilitate the development of national curricula for law enforcement, prosecutors, judges, and victim service providers on elder abuse. Green received a B.A. and a Juris Doctorate from the University of Virginia. She is a recipient of the NAPSA Rosalie Wolf Memorial award. She currently lives with her family near Manassas, Virginia.

Juanita Davis (J.D.) is the Program Manager for the National Clearinghouse on Abuse in Later Life (NCALL), a project of End Domestic Abuse Wisconsin. In her role at NCALL, she provides nationwide leadership, technical assistance, and training to professionals across the country on various topics related to abuse in later life, including creating and enhancing coordinated community response (CCR) and systems change. She also assists in the development training materials and resources related to abuse in later life. She received her law degree from the University of Wisconsin – Madison. Davis also has a Master of Arts in Special Education from San Francisco State University. Davis works in NCALL’s home office in Madison, Wisconsin.

Who should enroll: The webinar is open to all who are interested in learning more about the OVW Enhanced Training and Services to End Abuse in Later Life grant program funding opportunity.

Registration: Registration for this webinar will open on Monday, May 1, 2017 and conclude on Monday, June 12, 2017. Registration information can be found at: https://ta2ta.org/webinars/registration/funding-opportunity-ovw-enhanced-training-and-serv.html.

Questions: Please contact Juanita Davis at NCALL if you have additional questions regarding this webinar:

Juanita Davis
Program Manager
National Clearinghouse on Abuse in Later Life (NCALL)
jdavis@ncall.us
608-237-3445
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