Abuse in later life has a profound effect on millions of older adults as well the people who love and care for them. Older victims of domestic violence, sexual assault and stalking are being harmed every day. As 10,000 baby boomers turn 65 every day, cases of elder abuse are increasing.

Ways You Can Make a Difference

Collaborate
Create, lead or join a collaborative effort to address abuse in later life. Some specific examples of collaboration can include:
  • Multidisciplinary Teams (MDTs) or Interdisciplinary Case Review Teams (I-Team) – MDTs or I-Teams utilize the varied backgrounds and expertise of team members to improve responses to individual cases of abuse, to explore the best options and remedies for a case and to coordinate service delivery.
  • Coordinated Community Response Teams (CCR) – CCR teams focus on improving the policies, procedures and practices of various agencies to address elder abuse while working to create a seamless response to older survivors.
  • Elder Abuse Fatality Review Teams (EA-FRT) – EA-FRTs conduct cross-disciplinary examinations of the causal and contributing factors in an older victim’s death to improve future services to other victims so that they receive appropriate interventions before a fatality occurs.
  • Elder Abuse Forensic Centers – Team members work collaborative to review cases of elder abuse and to create action plans. Participants generally include health care providers, adult protective services workers, justice professionals, aging services staff, advocates and others.
  • Financial Abuse Specialist Teams (FAST) – FAST teams focus on suspected cases of financial exploitation by bringing together justice professionals, adult protective services workers, aging services staff, and persons who work in financial institutions. Some teams also provide continuing education, community education, and public awareness on financial abuse.
  • Sexual Assault Response Teams (SART) – SARTs offer specialized sexual assault intervention services to victims. A SART may also work on increased the reporting of sexual assault and increased convictions.

For more information and resources for professionals working with older survivors and abuse in later life cases, please visit our For Professionals page.

Educate
Bring NCALL Trainers to Your Community

Educate older adults, family members and professionals by providing training or organizing conferences and other events bringing in NCALL or other national speakers. NCALL trainers offer interactive training on a variety of topics including but not limited to:

  • elder abuse
  • domestic violence in later life
  • sexual abuse in later life
  • mandatory reporting
  • creating and enhancing services for older victims
  • safety planning and
  • collaboration and coordinated community response efforts to address abuse in later life.

Typical target audiences include 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 us!


Visit the NCALL Resources Page

NCALL staff collaborated with various organizations and entities working in the elder abuse field to create a number of resources. Access these resources by clicking here.

Raise Awareness
Download Our 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 to promote awareness activities related to Domestic Violence Awareness Month, National Stalking Awareness Month, Sexual Assault Awareness Month, and World Elder Abuse Awareness Day.

To view and download any of these resources, please our Graphics Library.

Join a Community
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The NCALL News Update e-Newsletter covers current topics and new resources coming from the elder abuse field, as well as updates on NCALL’s advocacy, products, trainings, and upcoming events. Sign up today to receive the NCALL News Update.


Sign up for NCALL’s Advocates’ Listserv 

Join the national community of advocates and others committed to promoting respect and dignity across the lifespan by joining NCALL’s advocates’ listserv. This listserv is administered by the NCALL and sponsored by the Office on Violence Against Women (OVW). It is available for ongoing communication between Abuse in Later Life advocates. To join the listserv, please Contact Us.


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