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
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
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
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
2013 Nationwide Survey
of Mandatory Reporting Requirements for Elderly and/or Vulnerable Persons
Mandatory Reporting Chart updated Nov 2013
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
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