Join the Office for Victims of Crime (OVC) for their webinar, Lifting Up Voices: Law Enforcement WEAAD Celebration. During World Elder Abuse Awareness Day (WEAAD), OVC wants to take this opportunity to celebrate America’s law enforcement officers. Federal agencies will be joined by Officer Steven McGhee with the Paradise Valley Police Department (Arizona) in lifting up the voices of law enforcement by recognizing and commending their tireless work in combating elder abuse throughout our country and continuing to serve as first responders during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Over the past 30 years, researchers and professionals in a variety of human services and animal welfare disciplines have established significant correlations between animal abuse, child abuse and neglect, domestic violence, elder abuse, and other forms of violence. Mistreating animals is no longer seen as an isolated incident that can be ignored; it is often an indicator or predictor of crime and a “red flag” warning sign that other family members in the household may not be safe.
Elder abuse is a growing issue faced by older adults, and the effects of abuse can negatively impact the physical health, mental well-being, and financial stability of victims. The challenges of elder abuse prevention, detection, and litigation are heightened for older adults who are less connected to resources. Older adults who are isolated, either situationally or geographically, often have challenges accessing the help they need to prevent against and seek help following elder abuse.
Do you want to create an elder abuse case review multidisciplinary team (MDT), but you don’t know where to start? Start here!
The Elder Justice Initiative (EJI) is pleased to announce the launch of the new Multidisciplinary Team Guide and Toolkit. The toolkit is designed for anyone looking to create or grow a local elder abuse MDT, regardless of their experience with MDTs. The web-based toolkit is enhanced for use on mobile devices and contains easy-to-download PDF sample documents and citations.