New Training on Elder Abuse
In June 2014, OVC released the first three modules of Online Elder Abuse Training for Legal Service Providers training. The first three modules in this free, six-part series are: What Every Legal Services Lawyer Needs to Know About Elder Abuse, Practical and Ethical Strategies, and Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault.
These training modules provide basic information and tools to identify and address the needs of elders who may be experiencing abuse. The training includes a variety of information, tools, and resources, from interactive client scenarios to printable materials.
Three additional modules will be released in August 2014.
Elder abuse, also known as elder mistreatment, generally refers to any knowing, intentional, or negligent act that causes harm or creates a serious risk of harm to an older person by a family member, caregiver, or other person in a trust relationship. Elder abuse may include abuse that is physical, emotional/psychological (including threats), or sexual; neglect (including abandonment); and financial exploitation. This is a general definition; state definitions of elder abuse vary. Some definitions may also include fraud, scams, or financial crimes targeted at older people.
The following resources are provided to help bring greater awareness to the crime of elder abuse and mistreatment.