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National Institute on the Prosecution of Elder Abuse
Co-sponsored by the National Clearinghouse on Abuse in Later Life, the Office on Violence Against Women, and AEquitas

Location: Des Moines, IA
Dates: August 8-11, 2017

Studies reveal that a significant number of elder abuse cases go unreported, with fewer than 5% disclosed (Lifespan of Greater Rochester, 2011). Furthermore, a significant number of reported cases do not progress through the criminal justice system due to a lack of familiarity with effective investigation and prosecution strategies (Brandl et al., 2007). As a result, it is crucial that prosecutors be properly trained and prepared to collaborate across disciplines to increase victim identification and safety, and ultimately hold more offenders accountable.

The National Institute on the Prosecution of Elder Abuse (NIPEA) is a three-and-one-half-day course designed to challenge prosecutors to reevaluate their approach to prosecuting elder abuse cases. Participants receive training on the dynamics of elder abuse as well as practical skills to successfully prosecute these cases. NIPEA explores the complex issues faced by prosecutors -- balancing offender accountability with the impact of criminal prosecution on victims. In addition to case evaluation and litigation skills, the curriculum examines the benefits of developing a coordinated, victim-centered community response; explains common injuries and relevant medical evidence, providing guidance on the use of medical experts; explores ethical issues confronted by prosecutors; addresses the development and improvement of culturally-specific victim services; and offers prosecutors the ability to redefine outcomes and the very nature of justice in elder abuse cases.

NIPEA will take place at The Drury Inn and Suites in West Des Moines, IA. Fifty-four (54) slots are available, as are limited scholarships to help defray travel and hotel expenses. There is no tuition fee for the institute itself. Attendees qualify for approximately twenty (20) continuing legal education credit hours including at least one (1) hour of ethics credit.

Interested prosecutors may apply to attend NIPEA by completing the survey here. This program is pending final approval from OVW. Please do not make travel arrangements until you have received a confirmation packet from the registrar. If you need assistance completing this survey, please email Nina Reynolds or reach her by phone at 608-237-3454.

Participant comments from past institutes highlight the practical value and outstanding quality of this program:

  • "This has been the best training/series of trainings. Inspiring, substantive, well organized. I feel so grateful to be exposed to it. Thank you for doing these trainings. Amazing."
  • "Fantastic training. [ . . . ] Already motivated to go home and dig in!
  • Good job with case studies. Very practical. As a former educator, I recognize and appreciate the variety of teaching strategies you used.

Please contact Ann Laatsch for more information about this program.

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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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