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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.




Questions: Please contact Ann Laatsch at 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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This May, we invite you to join the Administration on Aging, part of the Administration for Community Living, and others in honoring and celebrating the lives, strengths, contributions, and accomplishments of older Americans during Older Americans Month (OAM). The 2018 OAM theme, Engage at Every Age , emphasizes that you are never too old (or young) to take part in activities that can enrich your physical, mental, and emotional well-being. It also celebrates the many ways in which older adults make a difference in our communities. Find materials, resources, and additional information by visiting:

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Location: Philadelphia, PA
Date: August 7-10, 2018

Cost: There is no tuition fee for the institute


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 Sonesta Philadelphia in Philadelphia, PA. Fifty-four (54) slots are available. There is no tuition fee for the institute.  Attendees may qualify for approximately twenty (20) continuing legal education credit hours including at least one (1) hour of ethics credit.

Preference will be given to prosecutor offices participating in the OVW Enhanced Training and Services to End Abuse in Later Life Grant Program (or prosecutor offices which are partnered with organizations that receive such funds). All other applicants/prosecutors will be considered in the order in which they apply.

Interested prosecutors may apply to attend NIPEA by completing the survey here. Submission of an application does not guarantee a spot in the Institute; please DO NOT make travel arrangements unless and until you have been notified that you are accepted for the course. If you need assistance completing this survey, please contact Nina Reynolds at 608-237-3454 or Registration will continue until the event reaches capacity.

For more information about this program, please contact Ann Laatsch at

This event is sponsored by The Office on Violence Against Women, the National Clearinghouse on Abuse in Later Life, and AEquitas - The Prosecutors' Resource on Violence Against Women.

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Since 1981, National Crime Victims’ Rights Week (NCVRW) has challenged communities to extend their vision of crime victims’ rights and services to reach every victim of crime. This year’s theme—Expand the Circle: Reach All Victims—emphasizes the importance of inclusion in victim services and addresses how the crime victims field can better ensure that every crime victim has access to services and support; and how professionals, organizations, and communities can work in tandem to reach all victims.

Find campaign materials, sample social media posts, artwork, crime and victimization fact sheets, and more at:

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Sexual Assault Awareness Month (SAAM), first observed nationally in April 2001, is month-long effort to end sexual violence. In April, survivors, advocates, and allies engage the greater community in awareness and prevention efforts. We invite you to explore these SAAM resources:

  • NCALL’s Sexual Abuse in Later Life handout provides a general overview of statistics related to the prevalence and incidence of sexual abuse in later life. Our SAAM graphics are available for use to help spread awareness that sexual assault is a risk across the lifespan.
  • The National Sexual Violence Resource Center (NSVRC) has created campaign materials to aid SAAM awareness efforts. The NSVRC website also hosts materials on sexual assault in later life and offers resources on creating support and services for older survivors. To find materials supporting this year’s theme, Embrace Your Voice, please visit:
  • End Violence Against Women International (EVAWI) launched the Start by Believing public awareness campaign to change the way communities respond to rape and sexual assault. At the core of this campaign is the notion that your response to a victim is critical. A negative response can worsen the trauma and foster an environment where perpetrators face no consequences for their crimes. With EVAWI’s permission, NCALL adapted this campaign by expanding it to include older survivors of abuse. We strive to challenge the assumption that older adults are not victims of sexual crimes. You can find our graphics here.
  • VAWnet’s special collection, Preventing and Responding to Domestic & Sexual Violence in Later Life, brings together selected materials related to preventing and responding to elder abuse and abuse in later life.
  • RAINN (Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network) has developed a planning guide to help to others learn more about sexual violence and how to take action to prevent it. Find the resources online at:
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The National Clearinghouse on Abuse in Later Life (NCALL), in partnership with the National Resource Center on Reaching Underserved Victims, is conducting a survey of the crime victims field to:

  • Better understand which victim populations are underserved by current services and programs;
  • Identify existing barriers to serving all victims, and
  • Identify training and technical assistance needs to assist providers in better identifying, engaging, and providing service to all victims.

As part of the data collection process, we invite you to take this survey ( to share it within your networks. Findings from this assessment will be used to inform the training and technical assistance activities of the Resource Center. Your participation in this survey is voluntary and you may choose not to answer any question or to stop participating at any time. Completion of the survey will take approximately 20 minutes. Responses to survey questions will be aggregated and will not identify you or your organization. The survey will close on April 12.

If you have any questions about the survey or the assessment, please contact Leni Dworkis by phone at 202-465-8923 or by email at 

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