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Abuse in Later Life and Elder Abuse
Resource Materials

Webinar
Advocacy
Resource Materials

Working with Older Survivors of Abuse: A Toolkit for Advocates — as part of our shared mission to enhance the safety and quality of life of victims across the lifespan, NCALL and OVW have worked with advocates throughout the United States exploring how to better meet the needs of older survivors of abuse. Since 1999, NCALL and OVW have talked with older victims and professionals in the field, conducted listening sessions with subject matter experts, reviewed the literature and facilitated trainings. From this process, the Working with Older Survivors of Abuse: A Toolkit for Advocates was created. This toolkit includes Working with Older Survivors of Abuse: A Framework for Advocates and the Abuse in Later Life Education Series for Advocates.

  • Working with Older Survivors of Abuse: A Framework for Advocates — this summary report describes seven guiding principles with minimum guidelines and practical strategies for domestic and sexual violence advocates and programs to consider when working with older survivors. To view this resource with captioned videos, please click here.
  • The Abuse in Later Life Education Series for Advocates consists of 20 instructional video clips featuring national experts discussing key topics advocates encounter when serving older survivors. The training modules are stand-alone videos, each less than 30 minutes in length.  Please note, if you choose to view the modules as a series some content may be repetitive.  A worksheet accompanies each module with links to additional resources and questions for advocates and programs to consider as they incorporate key content into their practice. For your convenience, NCALL has created a chart individuals can use to track which modules they have watched. The document contains the module title, information on the presenters, the length of each recorded module, and space to write the date the module was watched. There is no cost to view these modules.

The Abuse in Later Life Education Series for Advocates was supported by Grant No. 2016-TA-AX-K071 awarded by the Office on Violence Against Women, U.S. Department of Justice. The opinions, findings, conclusions, and recommendations expressed are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the views of the Department of Justice, Office on Violence Against Women. 


MODULE 1: Overview

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

  • Define why advocates must address abuse in later life
  • Identify NCALL resources for advocates on working with older survivors

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MODULE 2: Defining Elder Abuse & Abuse in Later Life

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

  • Define elder abuse and abuse in later life

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Lois, survivor: image of older woman wearing eyeglasses, teal shirt

MODULE 3: 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

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Sue Hall Dreher: image of woman wearing red eyeglasses

MODULE 4: 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

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MODULE 5: Stalking in Later Life

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

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

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

MODULE 6: 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

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Ricker Hamilton, Maine Department of Health & Human Services: man with short gray hair, speaking

MODULE 7: Neglect, Self-Neglect & the Role of APS

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

  • Define neglect and self-neglect Identify indicators of neglect Initiate contact with adult protective services and other professionals when appropriate

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

MODULE 8: Power and Control Tactics & the Role of Caregiver Stress

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

  • Identify the dynamics of power & control and/or entitlement in abuse in later life relationships
  • Explore additional scenarios where harm may occur in relationships
  • Clarify the relationship between caregiver stress and abuse

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Ann Turner, National Clearinghouse on Abuse in Later Life: older woman with curly brown hair, speaking

MODULE 9: Victim-Defined Advocacy

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

  • Define victim-defined advocacy for older survivors
  • Provide strength-based support to older survivors of abuse
  • Practice respectful, effective communication when working with older victims

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Amy Judy: woman with head tilted, speaking

MODULE 10: Trauma & Older Survivors

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

  • Define individual and historical trauma
  • Understand the influence of trauma on older survivors

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Latrice Hogan, consultant: woman with shoulder length brown hair, speaking

MODULE 11: Providing Trauma-Informed Advocacy for Older Survivors

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

  • Identify the effects of trauma on trauma survivors
  • Provide trauma-informed advocacy when working with older survivors

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Alicia Aiken, The Confidentiality Institute: woman with shoulder length red hair, speaking

MODULE 12: Mandatory Reporting

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

  • Define the relationship between privacy, confidentiality, and mandatory reporting
  • Determine whether or not you are a mandatory reporter and your legal obligations
  • Develop policies and practices to address mandatory reporting that minimize any unintended consequences to victims and promote autonomy and safety

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Anne Menard, National Resource Center on Domestic Violence: woman with short, gray curly hair and eyeglasses, speaking

MODULE 13: Elder-Informed Victim Services

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

  • Recognize the importance of including elder voices in designing programming and policy
  • Utilize the tools and strategies needed to implement inclusive, elder-informed programs and policies

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Alice Ghareib, DOVES Program, Area Agency on Aging woman with dark, shoulder length hair, speaking

MODULE 14: Support Groups for Older Survivors

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

  • Identify why support groups are important for older survivors
  • Apply survivor centered practices when planning & designing support group practices
  • Develop an effective outreach plan to encourage attendance

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Rebecca Henry, American Bar Association Commission on Domestic and Sexual Violence: woman with short brown hair, looking forward

MODULE 15: Powers of Attorney and Guardianship

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

  • Identify and describe documents and processes that designate a substitute decision maker to act on an older survivor’s
    behalf
  • Recognize the warning signs of abuse by a substitute decision maker
  • Identify national and local legal resources available to address power of attorney and guardianship concerns

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

MODULE 16: Policies to Enhance Safety for Older Survivors

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

  • Recognize unique role advocates play in providing services to older adults
  • Identify barriers to common policies utilized by direct service Domestic Violence and Sexual
  • Assault victim service agencies
  • Design agency policies that better meet the needs of older survivors

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MODULE 17: Advancing Equity for Older Victims

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

  • Define equity
  • Describe barriers to equity in services and programs
  • Identify strategies to promote equity for older survivors

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Juanita Davis, NCALL: woman wearing eyeglasses, short curly hair, speaking

MODULE 18: Collaboration—Making It Work For You

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

  • Identify the benefits of collaboration
  • Distinguish the types of collaborative groups
  • Recognize the issues and challenges to collaboration

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Lisa Furr, NCALL: woman wearing eyeglasses, short brown hair, speaking

MODULE 19: Increasing Awareness of Abuse in Later Life

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

  • Recognize some of the opportunities to raise awareness of elder abuse and abuse in later life
  • Find or create awareness materials that are relevant and accessible to older survivors of abuse in your community and the professionals who work with older survivors

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Alicia Aiken, The Confidentiality Institute: woman with shoulder length red hair, speaking

Module 20: Working with Survivors Who Have Guardians

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

  • Describe the basic concept of guardianships
  • Determine their ability to provide services to an older survivor who has a guardian, and
  • Provide services to a survivor in accordance with local laws and the terms of that survivor’s guardianship.

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Civil Legal Remedies
Webinars
Collaboration & Coordinated Community Response
Resource Materials

Webinar

Collaboration and Confidentiality Norms — this webinar explores the fundamentals of confidentiality, privacy, and mandatory reporting and focuses on how varying disciplines approach confidentiality and mandatory disclosures in the context of the work of a Coordinated Community Response (CCR).

Confidentiality & Mandatory Reporting
Domestic Violence in Later Life
Resource Materials

Webinar

Protecting Survivors’ Economic Security in Later Life: Divorce, QDROs, and Coercive Control this webinar explores how survivors can obtain part of a former spouse’s retirement benefit at divorce through a Qualified Domestic Relations Order (QDRO), and how abusers exercise coercive control by hindering QDRO access. This session will help advocates working with an increasingly aging population to better understand the role that retirement benefits play in promoting survivors’ long-term economic security, to identify legal resources specific to retirement, and to support survivors seeking to obtain a portion of an abuser’s earned retirement benefit at divorce.

Faith Community
Resource Materials
For Faith Leaders and Communities
For Advocates and Service Providers
Partnering to Address Faith and Safety
Healthcare
Resource Materials

Webinar

Health Care Providers’ Role in Identifying and Responding to Older Victims of Abuse — This webinar discusses signs of elder abuse and neglect and how health care providers can identify and respond to potential older victims. It also describes how victim service providers and other professionals can engage health care providers to work collaboratively with them and how health care providers can play on multidisciplinary case coordination teams.

Older Adults
Resource Materials
Stalking in Later Life
Resource Materials
  • Stalking in Later Life Resource Sheet (PDF 1 MB) — this resource provides information on common stalking tactics, the impacts of stalking on victims, the unique challenges about cases of stalking in later life, and resources for support.

Webinars
Technology

In 2014, NCALL, with contributions from Disability Rights Wisconsin and the Safety Net Project of the National Network to End Domestic Violence, released a series of handouts aimed at helping older adults identify ways to safeguard themselves from those who misuse technology to control, harass, stalk, and/or threaten them. In 2020, NCALL updated and expanded those resources to create a new toolkit.  It is available both in full-color and in printer-friendly black and white.

Full-color and printer-friendly versions of the Tech Safety + Older Adults Toolkit covers

 

 

Tribal Communities
Resource Materials

NCALL in collaboration with Victoria Ybanez of Red Wind Consulting and Lauren Litton of ISP Consulting, worked together to create the Reclaiming What is Sacred: Addressing Harm to Indigenous Elder and Developing a Tribal Response to Abuse in Later Life toolkit which is designed to help tribal communities create or enhance their response to harm to elders in their community.


Webinar

Reclaiming What is Sacred Webinar—this webinar discusses the Reclaiming What is Sacred: Addressing Harm to Indigenous Elders and Developing a Tribal Response to Abuse in Later Life paper.

Other pages in this section

Graphics
To assist communities in increasing awareness of the issue of abuse in later life, NCALL has created a series of posters and web graphics.
Video Library
This section features videos created by NCALL. The collection, Working with Older Survivors, features streaming and downloadable video clips of subject matter experts discussing topics on providing services to older survivors of abuse. The Lifting Up Voices video series shares...
Training Handouts
This page hosts training handouts for participants who attend OVW Abuse in Later Life Grant-funded local training events. These tools may also be used by other trainers who are looking for materials to supplement their community training events.
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