The National Clearinghouse on Abuse in Later Life (NCALL) is a project of End Domestic Abuse Wisconsin: The Wisconsin Coalition Against Domestic Violence. 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.
Mission & Goals of NCALL
NCALL’s mission is to eliminate abuse in later life. Through advocacy and education, NCALL strives to challenge and change the beliefs, policies, practices, and systems that allow abuse to occur and continue. NCALL also aims to improve victim safety by increasing the quality and availability of victim services and support.
Accomplishing Our Mission & Goals
To achieve our mission and goals, NCALL does work in six main ways:
- Promote victim-defined advocacy and services
- Foster coordinated community response (CCR) teams
- Advocate for elder justice
- Raise awareness of abuse in later life
- Engage in policy development
- Partner with organizations that address domestic violence, sexual assault, and elder abuse
History of NCALL
In 1990, the Wisconsin Coalition Against Domestic Violence (WCADV) (now End Domestic Abuse Wisconsin: The Wisconsin Coalition Against Domestic Violence), was funded by the Milwaukee Foundation to create a report based on interviews with 21 older women who had been abused by their spouses/partners. As a result of this project, in 1992 Bonnie Brandl was invited to participate on a national panel sponsored by AARP that focused on older battered women. In 1993, WCADV worked with AARP to create a paper on older battered women and a small resource guide of existing programs. In 1994-1996, WCADV was one of six national demonstration projects funded by the Administration on Aging to create training curricula and provide technical assistance on working with victims of abuse in later life. During 1996-1999, the results of this project were disseminated throughout the country while the statewide work in Wisconsin— at the intersection of domestic violence, sexual assault, and elder abuse — continued.
In 1999, the Wisconsin Coalition Against Domestic Violence created the National Clearinghouse on Abuse in Later Life (NCALL) with funding from the Department of Justice’s Office on Violence Against Women (OVW). Since 2002, NCALL has been providing technical assistance to OVW’s Enhanced Training and Services to End Abuse in Later Life Program. Today, NCALL is a nationally-recognized leader and comprehensive resource center focusing on program development, policy, technical assistance, and training that addresses the nexus between domestic violence, sexual assault, and elder abuse, neglect, and exploitation.