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Domestic Violence Awareness Month

     October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month, a time for everyone to make a special effort to call attention to the devastating effects of violence against victims of all ages - and to continue that effort throughout the year.

    When the victim is an older adult, the long term effects of mistreatment by a trusted individual or family member are often compounded by other factors. Physical injuries take longer to heal or may never heal properly. Betrayal by someone so close is difficult if not impossible to accept. Financial abuse is particularly devastating for older adults and is often accompanied by neglect, physical and/or psychological abuse. Isolation, fear, embarrassment, declining health, and diminished capacity all may contribute to increased vulnerability to abuse in later life.

Intimate Partner Violence in Later Life - read guest article by Scott Speanburg, NYS OPDV

For additional information:

NYS Office for the Prevention of Domestic Violence (NYS OPDV)

NYS OPDV information regarding older adults

National Clearinghouse on Abuse in Later Life (NCALL)

In Their Own Words: Domestic Abuse in Later Life


New White House Conference on Aging Website

     I invite you to sign up for weekly updates about the 2015 Conference and participate in listening sessions and webinars that will be held in Washington, DC, and around the country in the lead-up to the conference. We want to hear your stories and thoughts about the issues and actions that are most important to you. I look forward to hearing from you!

                    -- Nora Super, Executive Director

                        White House Conference on Aging

visit the new White House Conference on Aging website

From the White House Conference website:

     Elder justice is important given that seniors, particularly the oldest older Americans, can be vulnerable to financial exploitation, abuse, and neglect. The Elder Justice Act was enacted as part of the Affordable Care Act, and we need to realize its vision of protecting seniors from scam artists and others seeking to take advantage of them.

also visit the USDOJ Elder Justice Website


Powerful Video - Shining Light on the Hidden Problem of Elder Abuse

A Victim's Story in Her Own Words

click on the video to hear her story


Financial Exploitation of Older Adults: A Population-Based Prevalence Study

     In 2008-2009, Lifespan of Greater Rochester, Weill Cornell Medical College, and NYC Department of the Aging conducted the first statewide prevalence study of elder abuse with funding from the NYS Children and Family Trust Fund, administered under NYS OCFS (Under the Radar: New York State Elder Abuse Prevalence Study).

     A recently published paper (Dr. Janey Peterson, lead author) provides in-depth analysis of the study results, focusing on the prevalence of financial exploitation.

New Key Findings:

  • 1 in 20 adults over age 60 will be affected by financial abuse.
  • Stolen money or property found to be most common form of abuse reported.
  • Family member involved more than half the time, most often adult child.
  • Economically, medically, and sociodemographically vulnerable older adults are more likely to self-report exploitation.

Study results are published in the Journal of General Internal Medicine. Financial Exploitation of Older Adults article

Journal of General Internal Medicine website for reference

Please note: Due to copyright, this article PDF should not be reproduced, disseminated nor used for public communication.


Exciting New Initiatives

     We have to look at the increasing safety needs for at-risk elder individuals. Funding for elder abuse services is limited and the Children & Family Trust Fund is proud to be a constant voice to support community-driven services through numerous collaborations with partners across the state.

            -- Judy Richards, Program Director for the Trust Fund

Monroe, Suffolk and Westchester Counties are excited about their new initiatives supported, in part, by the NYS Children & Family Trust Fund, a program administered under NYS Office of Children & Family Services.

information about these innovative programs & services


New York State Elder Abuse Prevention Training Manual

Introductory guide to help raise awareness among all professional groups who come in contact with older adults. Contains general information that is important for everyone to know, as well as additional resources.

Includes specific information on financial exploitation, the fastest growing form of abuse - often involving other forms of abuse and often the most devastating for the older victim.

Shining Light on the Hidden Problem of Elder Abuse


Identity Theft Kit

Useful Guide for Victims of ID Theft

Identity Theft Kit for Victims of Identity Theft


Elder Justice Roadmap Project Report

     For links to the Executive Summary, Full Report and Appendices, as well as links to many other Federal Government Reports & Publications click here   New


NYS Coalition on Elder Abuse

If you are interested in joining the New York State Coalition on Elder Abuse, please fill out and return a membership form. The Coalition is based in New York, but often addresses elder abuse issues that have national or international interest.

more information about the Coalition & a copy of the form


Please Note: several listings that were originally on this page have been moved to the Resources & Links page for ongoing reference


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In The News

Perspectives TV show host Pauline McCleary interviews Art Mason & Yvette Conyers on the growing concerns of elder mistreatment

watch the show


Multiple agencies working together in Ontario County

Successful prosecution involving abuse of power of attorney

read article

Successful prosecution of hospital employee who preyed on kindness of vulnerable victim

read Oct 12 article

Arrest of grandson accused of stealing from grandparents

read Oct 17 article


Bank heads-up keys quick arrest

Home aide who tried to cash man's checks accused of murder

read Feb 7 article

read Feb 9 article

read Feb 22 article


White Collar Crime Task Force

An initiative of the NYS District Attorney Association


Sweeping recommendations, including procedural changes & amendments to NYS laws governing prosecution of corruption, cybercrime, ID theft, money laundering, and fraud - including elder fraud.

Task Force Press Release

Full Report

Appendix with amendments

Legislation introduced in response to Task Force recommendations: A.8777/S.7177;  A.8778/S.7179; A.8779/S.7178;  A.8780/S.7188; A8781/S.7187

to access these bills

A.8780/S.7188 Signed by Governor on Sept 4  New!

     Allows social worker or informal caregiver to be present and give care to vulnerable elderly person during grand jury proceedings.

read 2014 Chap. 347


NYS Office for the Prevention of Domestic Violence

read Spring 2014 bulletin  

subscribe to OPDV bulletins


NYS Office of Children & Family Services, Adult Services Newsletters

read Sept 2014 newsletter  New!



Upcoming Events

National Center for Victims of Crime

Recognize, Report, and Recover

Webinar Series

Programs are recorded & archived

view list & details

Fri, Nov 21, 2014 Webinar

1 - 2 pm ET

Victim Service Providers Respond to Elder Financial Exploitation

Speakers: Liz Loewy & Merry O'Brien

details & registration

Fri, Dec 5, 2014 Webinar

1 - 2 pm ET

Friends & Family Respond to Elder Financial Exploitation

details & registration


Free Training

Wed, Dec 3, 2014

Multidisciplinary, Multi-County Training Program

Location: Hyde Park, NY

10 am - 2:30 pm, lunch provided

Elder Abuse, Financial Exploitation & DV in Later Life: Unique Opportunity to Learn about Collaborative Approaches

Presented by: Lifespan in conjunction with NYSOFA

flyer & registration form


Fri, Dec 12, 2014

8 am - 4 pm

East Syracuse, NY

17th Annual Elder Abuse Conference: Collaborating to End Elder Abuse

Presented by: Syracuse Area Domestic & Sexual Violence Coalition's Elder Abuse & Justice Committees

brochure with details

registration info


Tues, Dec 16, 2014

9 am - 12:30 pm

Location for all programs: NYC

Workshop 2 - Trauma, Violence & Abuse in Later Life

JASA's Elder Abuse Training Institute 2014 - 2015 Series of Workshops

list of JASA's 2014 - 2015 workshops


  Archived Events

World Elder Abuse Awareness Day

Check the Regional Coalitions page for updated news & reports on some of the events that were held throughout New York State and Nationally in recognition of WEAAD

Regional Coalitions page


Archived copy of the April 23 Webinar

Elder Justice Initiative: Action and Advocacy from the Grassroots Up

archived webinar

Elder Justice Coalition website


National Crime Victims' Rights Week

30 Years: Restoring the Balance of Justice

watch NYS OVS Crime Victims' Rights video

U.S. DOJ, Office for Victims of Crime website - check for ongoing updates regarding 2015 events & information

National Crime Victims Resource Guide



APS Research to Practice Webinar Series covering a variety of interesting topics - over 15 webinars from 2010 thru 2014

recordings & copies of slides are available on NCCD's website


New & Archived Webinars

NYS Coalition Against Sexual Assault (NYSCASA)

information & registration



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New York State Coalition on Elder Abuse - Statewide Elder Abuse Outreach Effort


Formed by Lifespan to implement the New York State Elder Abuse Summit Action Agenda, the coalition is a multidisciplinary, statewide network of over 1,000 individuals, organizations and government agencies working together to protect older adults from abuse, neglect and exploitation. Through statewide outreach efforts, the Coalition serves as a catalyst for change, raising awareness and offering solutions for prevention and intervention through education, advocacy and research. Lifespan provides staff support for the Coalition.



The New York State Coalition on Elder Abuse is administered by Lifespan of Greater Rochester, Inc.
1900 S. Clinton Avenue, Rochester, New York, 14618   Contact Us