Elder Abuse Investigations: Training for Law Enforcement and Other Investigators
The National Clearinghouse on Abuse in Later Life (NCALL) is pleased to announce a new training resource for law enforcement.
NCALL partnered with detectives, prosecutors, and other national experts to develop a series of twenty-three 10-20 minute training modules that are high quality, interactive, relevant, timely, and appropriate for law enforcement from all jurisdictions. The purpose of the modules is to provide training to law enforcement on identifying and investigating cases of elder abuse, neglect, and exploitation, including sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence, or stalking; to enhance older victims’ safety, and to hold offenders accountable. The training is divided into Basic and Advanced levels, and modules can be completed whenever and wherever the user wishes, whether they are on a smartphone, tablet, laptop, or desktop. Once a user completes the modules in each level, they are issued a certificate showing the name of the lessons completed.
The trainings can be accessed at www.elderabuseforlawenforcement.com. The modules cover the following topics:
- Working with Older Victims
- Dynamics of Abuse in Later Life
- Neglect Investigations
- Financial Exploitation – Evidence Collection
- IPV in Later Life
- Working with Other Professionals
- SA in Later Life
- Initial 911 Call
- Cognition and Capacity
- Stalking in Later Life
- Working with APS
- Documenting an Elder Abuse Case
- Victim-Centered Investigations
- Substitute Decision Makers
- Working with Forensic Accountants
- Financial Exploitation: Theories of Theft
- SA in Later Life – Facilities
- Suspects with Dementia
- Medical Evidence
- Presenting Your Case to the Prosecutor
- Unattended Death Investigations
- EA in Tribal Communities
- Access Issues
This training would not have come to fruition without the contributions, commitment, creativity, diligence, and support of the following:
Chris Merkle, Andy Mao, Janice Green, Steven Lombardi, Denise Duguay, Melanie Carden, Jeremy Ryan, Octavius Holliday, Cherie Hill, Jane Walsh, Candace Heisler, Martie Washington, Michael LaRiviere, Page Ulrey, Howard Black, Tara Patet, Annie Harlan, Anthony Craigo, Daniel Westmeyer, Susan Strick, Shelly Jackson, Julie Childs, Julie Schoen, Noble Applications, and Acendre.
This training was created by the National Clearinghouse on Abuse in Later Life and is supported by Grant No. 2016-TA-AX-K077, awarded by the Office on Violence Against Women, U.S. Department of Justice. The opinions, findings, conclusions, and recommendations expressed in this training are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the Department of Justice, Office on Violence Against Women.