ELDER ABUSE PREVENTION TRAINING FOR PROFESSIONALS
The National Clearinghouse on Abuse in Later Life provides in-person and online elder abuse prevention training for those working in aging services, domestic violence and sexual assault programs, adult protective services, health care, the criminal and civil justice systems, faith communities, and other organizations.
Elder Abuse Prevention Training for Professionals includes educating some of the following professions:
- Civil Attorneys and legal system professionals – understanding elder abuse, legal aspects and resources for victims of elder abuse.
- Prosecutors - educating prosecutors on effective investigation and prosecution strategies for elder abuse so that cases can progress through the criminal justice system.
- Domestic and Sexual Violence Advocates - domestic violence and sexual assault programs can provide specific elder abuse counseling, support groups, emergency and transitional housing.
- Faith Leaders – older adult victims of abuse may turn to faith leaders for help. Faith leaders can be a first point of contact when an elder abuse victim chooses to share what has occurred and can be trained on how to respond to abuse and provide support services for older adults victims in the community.
- Healthcare Providers – such as primary care physicians, emergency room staff, geriatricians, dentists, physical therapists, and others may be the first to see an injury on an elderly victim who has been the target of abuse, neglect, or exploitation and can better understand how to respond and the next steps required such as referral and mandated reporting.
- Law Enforcement - first responders can receive additional elder abuse prevention training for detection of abuse, referral resources and intervention and support for older adult victims.
- Professionals Working in Tribal Communities - Indigenous communities traditionally hold elders in a position of respect, however within an aging community the health and well-being of these elders may be at increased risk. The guide ‘Reclaiming What is Sacred: Addressing Harm to Indigenous Elders and Developing a Tribal Response to Abuse in Later Life’ is a helpful tool to help educate those working in this area.
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