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New Article: Addressing the Emergency Shelter and Transitional Housing Needs of Older Survivors of Abuse

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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