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Creating Services

Older victims can benefit from many of the services traditionally offered by domestic violence and sexual assault programs such as individual and peer counseling; support groups; emergency and transitional housing; economic and legal advocacy; and medical accompaniment.  Often these services may need to be tailored to address the needs of older victims.  Consider hiring older staff and volunteers to work with older victims and evaluate your program.  Involve older individuals on the Board and Board committees to evaluate and make recommendations about agency policy and practices. 

This section includes materials on evaluating programming; developing outreach strategies; and creating services such as support groups for older abused women.