- Community Partners
- National Stalking Awareness Month (NSAM) (January)
- Sexual Assault Awareness Month (SAAM) (April)
- National Crime Victims' Rights Week (NCVRW) (April)
- Older Americans Month (May)
- World Elder Abuse Awareness Day (WEAAD) (June)
- Domestic Violence Awareness Month (DVAM) (October)
- ALL Grant Program
Working With Older Victims
Staff working in domestic violence or sexual assault programs may have more experience working with younger populations than older individuals. Aging network workers and others may have experience working with older adults, but less experience asking potential victims about abuse, neglect, and exploitation. This section provides some guidelines and tips for working with older victims of abuse.
The safety planning process helps survivors think through key issues and develop strategies to respond in a crisis; to leave if necessary and take care of themselves–physically and emotionally. This section includes safety planning tools that older adults can use even if they are not working with a domestic violence program or other helping professionals. There are also tools and tips for professionals working with older survivors.
- Working with Older Survivors of Abuse: A Framework for Advocates (2016)
Since 1999, the National Clearinghouse on Abuse in Later Life (NCALL) and the U.S. Department of Justice, Office on Violence Against Women (OVW) have responded to questions from advocates on how to tailor victim services to better meet the needs of older adults. As part of our shared mission to enhance the safety and quality of life of victims across the lifespan, NCALL and OVW 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 advocates to consider when working with older survivors. Hyperlinks to 34 video segments of experts discussing key content are interspersed throughout the document.