NCALL trainers are available to provide information to professionals and volunteers working in domestic violence and sexual assault programs, the aging services network, adult protective services, health care, the criminal and civil justice systems, faith communities, and other organizations. Staff are available for both in-person and online trainings. For more information about trainer availability and fees, please contact NCALL.
Should you want to conduct your own trainings, we’ve created The Trainers’ Toolkit, which features new and redesigned resources for trainers, including PowerPoint slide sets, interactive training exercises, and training modules. Trainers may use these components to create or enhance their own abuse in later life training.
We also encourage you to visit our Video Library and YouTube channel to find video clips featuring survivors and subject matter experts discussing topics related to elder abuse and abuse in later life. These clips may be used in conjunction with your trainings.

Trainers' Toolkit

PowerPoint Slide Sets

NCALL has created a number of PowerPoint slide sets for others to use in their own trainings on abuse in later life and elder abuse. Suggested videos that may be included in the presentations are listed directly below each module title. Each slide set may be used on its own for topical trainings on:

Bonnie Brandl, National Clearinghouse on Abuse in Later Life: woman with shoulder length blonde hair, speaking
Bonnie Brandl, NCALL

Defining Elder Abuse and Abuse in Later Life

As a result of this training, participants will be better able to:

  • Define elder abuse and abuse in later life

Module includes: 


Lois, Survivor: older African American woman wearing glasses, teal blouse
Lois, survivor

Intimate Partner Violence in Later Life

As a result of this training, participants will be better able to:

  • Define intimate partner violence in later life
  • Recognize that a significant portion of elder abuse cases involve female victims with spouses as perpetrators
  • Describe power and control tactics in abuse in later life

Module includes:


Sue Hall Dreher: image of woman wearing red eyeglasses
Sue Hall Dreher, consultant

Sexual Abuse in Later Life

As a result of this training, participants will be better able to:

  • Define sexual abuse in later life
  • Recognize unique issues for older victims

Module includes:


Stalking in Later Life

As a result of this training, participants will be better able to:

  • Describe in stalking later life
  • Explore some of the unique issues for older victims of stalking
  • Recognize technology can be used in stalking in later life

Module includes:


Anne, Survivor: older woman wearing eyeglasses, with short gray hair and a floral blouse
Anne, survivor

Economic Abuse & Financial Exploitation in Later Life

As a result of this training, participants will be better able to:

  • Define and identify indicators of economic abuse in the context of intimate partner violence
  • Define and identify indicators of financial exploitation by family members, trusted others, or strangers
  • Identify resources to assist older victims who have experienced economic abuse or financial exploitation

Module includes:


Trainers may also pick and choose from the slide sets to create a customized training of their own design.

Interactive Training Exercises

We designed our interactive exercises to help get participants engaged in trainings on abuse in later life and elder abuse and to help them recognize some of the unique challenges faced by older survivors of abuse.

Age and Assumptions: An Exercise for Domestic Violence Advocates Highlighting how Ageist Assumptions Impact on Our Work


Aging and Ageism: A Warm-Up Exercise to Explore Participants’ Perceptions about Aging


Single Birdcage: A Training Activity for Multidisciplinary Audiences on the Impact of Unhelpful or Victim Blaming Comments


Double Birdcage: A Training Activity for Multidisciplinary Audiences on Supportive Response to Disclosures about Abuse in Later Life


Comings and Goings: A Training Activity for Multidisciplinary Audiences on Walking in the Shoes of an Older Victim


First Call Exercise: An Exercise for Multidisciplinary Audiences Illustrating the Barriers and Limited Options Available for Many Older Victims of Abuse

Training of Trainers Modules

NCALL has created these Training of the Trainers (TOT) Modules to provide trainers with tips and strategies to lead successful training events. Each module is no longer than 30 minutes and designed so trainers can watch from their desk. The three TOT Training Modules are described below:


Creating Engaging Interactive Presentations and Trainings

As a result of this training, participants will be better able to:

  • Create engaging, interactive presentations or trainings by:
  • Asking key questions: who, what, where, when, how
  • Crafting measurable learning objectives and building an agenda using various teaching methods
  • Designing PowerPoint slides that are visually appealing and accessible

Module includes:


Interactive Training Techniques and Including Older Survivors

As a result of this training, participants will be better able to:

  • Describe the needs of adult learners
  • Utilize various interactive training techniques
  • Identify when to use older survivors as speakers and strategies to support them

Module includes:


Tips for Trainers

As a result of this training, participants will be better able to:

  • Utilize strategies to address potential presenter communication problems
  • Describe the benefits and challenges of team teaching
  • Identify ways to handle the challenging participant and to manage conflict
  • List and utilize options the presenter has to respond to challenging participant behavior

Module includes:

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