National Crime Victims’ Rights Week (NCVRW)—Engaging Communities. Empowering Victims.—is to be observed Sunday, April 19, through Saturday, April 25, 2015. Find pertinent details below, at bottom of this article…
The National Institute of Justice—the research, development and evaluation agency of the U.S. Department of Justice—is dedicated to improving knowledge and understanding of crime and justice issues through science. NIJ provides objective and independent knowledge and tools to reduce crime and promote justice, particularly at the state and local levels.
Increasingly, states are creating funding programs to pay for caregiver education and use online, fully administrated programs, such as the ones offered by CertifiedCare.org in an effort to help reduce inadvertent elder abuse and improve quality of ‘at home’ care.
Elder abuse has been the subject of numerous Congressional reports and testimony. Key questions have also been explored by the Government Accountability Office. Several Federal Departments and Programs have collected information on elder abuse or related topics. A compilation of federal publications is below:
Office for Victims of Crime (OVC)
Many people fail to realize that abused seniors can benefit from programs which help victims of crime rebuild their lives.
Millions of dollars are invested annually in victim compensation and assistance in every U.S. state and territory, as well as for training, technical assistance, and other capacity-building programs designed to enhance service providers’ ability to support victims of crime in communities across the nation.
The federal OVC administers the Crime Victims Fund, which supports a broad array of programs and services that focus on helping victims in the immediate aftermath of crime and continuing to support them as they rebuild their lives.
Elder Justice Roadmap Project Report
Given the widespread health, legal, social and economic implications of elder abuse, the Elder Justice Roadmap Project sought the input of experts and stakeholders from across the country in order to develop a strategic resource — by the field and for the field — to combat elder abuse, neglect and financial exploitation. The report identifies and prioritizes actions that direct service providers, educators, and researchers can take to benefit older adults facing abuse, neglect or financial exploitation. Likewise, it provides a roadmap for strategic investment and engagement by policymakers in both the public and private sectors to advance our collective efforts to prevent and combat elder abuse at the local, state and national levels.
- Elder Justice Roadmap Project Executive Summary
- Elder Justice Roadmap Project Report
- Elder Justice Roadmap Project Appendices
- Elder Justice Roadmap Project Report with Appendices
OVC releases Financial Exploitation module, the fourth in a free online elder abuse curriculum for legal service providers. Developed in collaboration with the Access to Justice Initiative and the Elder Justice Initiative, this interactive, online curriculum provides basic information and tools to identify and address the needs of elders who may be experiencing abuse. The Financial Exploitation module will help strengthen providers’ knowledge and skills in—
- Identifying and responding to financial exploitation being experienced by older clients.
- Helping older clients avoid financial exploitation by identifying their risk factors and providing information about how they can protect themselves.
- Determining the extent of financial exploitation that has occurred or is occurring.
- Taking legal action to try to recover client’s funds or other assets.
- Addressing collateral effects of financial exploitation.
The training includes a variety of information, tools, and resources, from interactive client scenarios to printable materials.
Learn about the Legal Assistance for Crime Victims Initiative and the first three modules in this series —What Every Legal Services Lawyer Needs to Know About Elder Abuse, Practical and Ethical Strategies, and Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault.
Read more about OVC’s support of service providers who work with elder abuse victims and survivors.
OVC is pleased to announce the 2015 theme and colors for National Crime Victims’ Rights Week (NCVRW) scheduled for Sunday, April 19, through Saturday, April 25, 2015.
- Date: April 19–25, 2015
- Theme: Engaging Communities. Empowering Victims.
- Colors: Royal Blue, Blue, Dark Blue, Gold, and Red.
Download the 2015 color palette and check out the artwork for the Theme Poster.
For a free copy of the 2015 NCVRW Resource Guide and the Theme Poster, join the NCVRW mailing list.