July 2005 | Volume 7 | No. 9

Policy & Legislation

Elder Justice Update

National Elder Justice Coalition Coordinator Robert Blancato reports Senate staff are working on a bipartisan basis to hammer out the "final details and legislative language for the impending introduction of the Elder Justice Act."

The Elder Justice Coalition is a national nonpartisan coalition of concerned citizens, nonprofit organizations, and government agencies across the country. Visit www.elderjusticecoalition.com for full details.


Senate Appropriations Committee Approves FY 2006 Spending Bill

The U.S. Senate Appropriations Committee on July 14 approved a health and human services appropriations bill for 2006 that includes $20,360,000 for Older Americans Act Title VII, the Vulnerable Elder Rights Protection Program.

If accepted, the Senate appropriation would be roughly $1 million higher than this year's Title VII elder rights allotment. The House version of the bill proposes adding $72,000, as we reported last month.

Under the Senate plan, most of the proposed Title VII allotment, $15,162,000, would go to the Long Term Care Ombudsman Program. The remaining $5,198,000 would go to Programs for the Prevention of Elder Abuse, Neglect, and Exploitation.

The bill now proceeds to the Senate for approval.

For more information, go to >> http://thomas.loc.gov/cgi-bin/cpquery/R?cp109:FLD010:@1(sr103)

To see the House's preliminary budget figures, go to >> http://appropriations.house.gov/_files/LHSCMark.pdf


December 11-14
2005 White House Conference on Aging

Marriott Wardman Park Hotel
2660 Woodley Road, NW
Washington, DC


"Building a Financially Safe Society" — Recommendations from WHCoA Mini-Conference Are Made

On July 14 the Employee Benefit Research Institute and American Savings Education Council jointly hosted a 2005 White House Conference on Aging (WHCoA) Mini-Conference – "Financial Literacy throughout the Life Span." Included among the recommendations:

  • Mandate one federal agency to collect, analyze, and report on financial fraud and exploitation data collected from local, state, and federal sources.
  • Support and encourage the creation of state and local elder fraud task forces nationwide.
  • Support the creation of multidisciplinary teams at the state and local level.
  • Provide multidisciplinary training on financial exploitation to judges, court personnel, prosecutors, law enforcement officials, victims' advocates, and adult protective services workers.
  • Support the creation and full ongoing implementation of bank reporting projects at the state level.
  • Encourage law enforcement to take a more aggressive role in identifying and prosecuting cases of elder financial abuse.
  • Encourage enhanced oversight of surrogate decision makers like guardians/conservators and holders of durable powers of attorney.

More information available at >>
www.whcoa.gov/about/policy/meetings/mini_conf/Mini%20Conference%20Safe%20Session.pdf

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State News

Illinois: State Tightens Up on Sex Offenders in Nursing Homes

On July 10 Illinois Governor Rod R. Blagojevich signed legislation that will help to ensure vulnerable elderly, disabled and mentally ill residents in state-licensed nursing homes are properly protected from registered sex offenders and parolees who are their fellow residents.

Among other things, the new Vulnerable Adults Protection Act requires that law enforcement be allowed access to sex offenders and other convicted felons in nursing homes and also that court sentencing orders, disciplinary reports, and parole plans be provided to the Department of Public Health whenever an offender is admitted to a facility while on parole.

For public safety, the law further requires long term care homes to notify every resident or resident's guardian, employee, and visitor whenever a sex offender or convicted felon on parole, probation, or court-ordered supervision is living in the facility.

At a press conference announcing the legislation, Attorney General Lisa Madigan said: "With this new law, the intake process for residents of long-term care facilities for the first time will take into account an offender's criminal history and the corresponding risk he or she may pose to the vulnerable adults in these facilities."

According to official statistics, 86 registered sex offenders currently live in 51 facilities across the state and 86 convicted felons in 56 facilities.

Information on the Vulnerable Adults Protection Act is available at >>
www.idph.state.il.us/public/press05/7.12.05b.htm

Legislation Online >> www.ilga.gov/legislation/publicacts/fulltext.asp?name=094-0163&GA=94&
SessionId=50&DocTypeId=HB&DocNum=2062&GAID=8&Session=


Oregon: Governor Signs Bill to Stop Elder Abuse Perpetrators from Profiting

Oregon Governor Ted Kulongoski recently signed legislation barring family, caregivers, or 'newfound friends' who have been convicted of abusing an elder from later profiting from their crimes by way of an inheritance. Prior to this law, perpetrators of undue influence, even after they were caught, were able to continue exploiting.

"In many cases the perpetrator not only benefits from his or her wrongdoing during the victim's lifetime, but then gets a second chance to benefit after the victim's death," said the bill's original sponsor, Rep. Mark Haas, in recent testimony. "This law will add another layer of protection for some of our most vulnerable citizens."

Legislation Online >> SB 392 – An Act Relating to Passage of Property After Death
http://landru.leg.state.or.us/05reg/measures/sb0300.dir/sb0392.en.html


Oregon: Domestic Violence Telephone Service Bill Becomes Law

Governor Kulongoski signed into law last month a bill to ensure survivors of domestic violence who haven't paid their bills have access to basic phone service.

SB 983, sponsored by Oregon State Senator Vicki L. Walker, directs the Oregon Public Utility Commission to establish a program that bars local phone companies from disconnecting service if it would significantly endanger a person who is at risk of domestic violence or unwanted contact, a disabled or elderly individual at risk of abuse, or a victim of stalking.

According to the Senator's press release, the initiative is modeled after Oregon's emergency medical certificate program that the phone companies also operate. The consumer will have to provide proof that they or a member of their family would be at significant risk were the phone to be shut off. Examples of proof include a restraining order or a court order.

The new law becomes effective September 1, 2005.

Legislation Online >> SB 983 An Act Relating to Communication Services; and Declaring an Emergency
www.leg.state.or.us/05reg/measpdf/sb0900.dir/sb0983.intro.pdf


Promising Practices Spotlight: "A Place of Safety"

Washington, DC's Dwelling Place Shelter for Abused Elderly

Dwelling Place Shelter for Abused Elderly, a seven-bed transitional shelter located in the Nation's Capital, provides a 'safe haven' vital to older District of Columbia residents age 60 and over who have been abused, neglected, or financially exploited.

The 24-hour emergency shelter was founded 20 years ago by So Others Might Eat (SOME, Inc.), a nonsectarian/ interfaith nonprofit organization dedicated to helping the hungry, the poor, and the homeless.

"We saw that there was a need and we had some space available," said Father John Adams, president of SOME, Inc. "We understood from other agencies in the city that we needed someone to step forward and set up a shelter for abused and neglected older adults."

In 2004, the program was able to provide 2,439 nights of emergency shelter for 25 abused and neglected seniors. Referrals come from sources all around the community, including SOME, Inc., homeless shelters, hospitals, adult protective services, and the DC Office on Aging. Before coming into the shelter, the staff of Dwelling Place will meet with the client face to face.

More Than a Shelter
At Dwelling Place, older District of Columbia residents have their own rooms and share bath facilities, a living room and a dining room. They also receive hot, nutritious meals and clothing, if needed. Medical, dental, and psychiatric services are offered, as well as counseling on housing, nutrition, and family relations. Members of the staff can assist with applying for Social Security and other benefits.

Clients are allowed to stay up to 90 days. As well as providing immediate support, the staff of Dwelling Place also strives to teach 'real world' life skills. For instance, clients are encouraged to save 75% of their income while living at Dwelling Place so they will be able to afford rent. Some already have jobs when they come to Dwelling Place, and others work as senior aides at one of SOME's two senior centers.

A known and respected agency in the community, Dwelling Place Shelter is a strong advocate for the rights of older people. Community partners include the DC Office on Aging, Greater Washington Urban League, Howard University, United Planning Organization/Project KEEN Respite Program, DC Department of Human Services, and Iona Senior Services.

Major funding for the shelter is provided by SOME, Inc. In addition, the DC Office on Aging also contributes financial support.

For those interested in starting a shelter, David LaMason, Dwelling Place program coordinator, said the most important thing is to "do your homework." Step two, he said, "Be sure to structure your shelter in a way that will work in your community. Learn from the mistakes of other[s] by calling them up and finding out what worked / didn't work for them."

For further information, contact David LaMason, Program Coordinator, Dwelling Place Shelter for Abused Elderly, 2812 Pennsylvania Avenue, SE, Washington, DC 20020-3855, (202).583.7602, [email protected]


Harry & Jeanette Weinberg House (The Weinberg House), NY

Since January 2005, the Harry and Jeannette Weinberg House, serving older people in greater New York, has offered emergency elder abuse shelter, legal advocacy, and support to victims traumatized and in danger of additional victimization.

Staffed with a nurse, an attorney, and a social worker, the shelter is a program of the Harry & Jeanette Weinberg Center for Elder Abuse Prevention at New York's Hebrew Home for the Aged. Unlike a freestanding shelter, Weinberg clients are integrated into the daily life of the Hebrew Home. There is no stigmatization, as each client's privacy is rigorously protected.

In all, there are some 31 beds available for the clients scattered among the Home's care units.

A prime mover in this initiative has been Daniel Reingold, president and CEO, Hebrew Home for the Aged at Riverdale, who co-founded the program with Joy Solomon, director, Pace Women's Justice Center.

"Dan is really the force behind our work," said Anne Marie Levine, the registered nurse in charge, adding "he's the visionary. He identifies a need and is willing to do something about it."

A Refuge in Time of Trouble
The Weinberg House currently has five residents ages 64 to 90 and over, all of them women. Clients are generally allowed to stay up to 30 days. Some have stayed a week, some have stayed about 45 days, and some have decided they want to move to the Hebrew Home permanently, Levine said.

Leaving an abusive situation is a very difficult thing to do – and, unfortunately, in ten instances, clients who had been accepted into the shelter opted not to come.

"There has to be some commitment, some willingness to [change] their current situation," Levine explained. "Some are not at that point yet. Nobody is forced to be here."

Things Move Very Quickly
Things move very quickly after a call is placed to the Weinberg Hotline 1-800-56-SENIOR. The staff will do a screening, Levine said, and assess the need for services and/or emergency elder abuse shelter. If appropriate, the client is brought to Weinberg House.

"Some haven't eaten in a while," she said. We assess them, and make them feel as comfortable as possible."

The allegations run the gamut: financial, spousal, sexual, and an endless array of physical and emotional cruelty. Not surprisingly, in the vast majority of cases, adult children and grandchildren are the perpetrators, Levine said.

If civil legal assistance is needed, an attorney from Pace Women's Justice Center's Elder Institute, a Weinberg House partner, will provide legal advice and direct support to victims, including obtaining orders of protection and orders to vacate.

Weinberg House has had a lot of support right from the beginning. Other partners include the Weill Medical College of Cornell University, New York University Division of Nursing, Bronx District Attorney's Office, Manhattan District Attorney's Office Westchester County District Attorney's Office, New York City Adult Protective Services, and Westchester Department of Senior Programs and Services.

Stronger Day by Day
The Weinberg House has taken a proactive role in reaching out to the "eyes and ears" of the community – police, hospitals, doormen, superintendents, porters, senior centers, and others – to educate and familiarize them with elder abuse and the interventions the shelter offers.

For Levine, these people on the frontlines are the crucial link in fighting elder abuse. "We like working through community," she said. "They're out there. They see it. They know what's going on."

Within a short time, it appears the Weinberg House is making an invaluable difference in people's lives, and it may well serve as a model in other communities.

"The staff has really bonded with these clients," Levine said. "They feel the connectedness. We hope when they leave here they go back a little stronger."

For further information, contact Anne Marie Levine, MS, RN, CS, MBA, Director, Weinberg House, 5901 Palisade Avenue, Riverdale, NY 10471, 1-800-56-SENIOR, [email protected]


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Calendar/Coming Up

CONFERENCES & TRAINING

31st Annual North American Victim Assistance Conference

August 7-12 2005
Hilton Atlanta
Atlanta, Georgia

Sponsored by the National Organization for Victim Assistance and co-hosted by the Criminal Justice Coordinating Council and Fulton County District Attorney's Office of Georgia, the conference is geared to victim and witness assistance practitioners, criminal justice professionals, mental health professionals, researchers, former victims and survivors, and others committed to the recognition and implementation of victim rights and services.

Call 1-800-232-6682 or email [email protected] for more information.

Register Online >> https://sectrans.trynova.org/confreg05/

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ASA 2005 Autumn Series on Aging

EAST COAST
September 12-15, 2005
Sheraton University City Hotel
Philadelphia, PA

WEST COAST
September 26-29, 2005
Embassy Suites Hotel
South San Francisco/San Francisco Airport, CA

The seminars cover a wide range of topics including:

  • Recognizing and Responding to Clutter Addiction
  • Working with Older Survivors of Traumatic Experiences
  • Investigating Elder Fraud and Financial Abuse: Collaboration Between Adult Protective Services and Law Enforcement
  • Medical, Legal and Ethical Aspects of Decisional Capacity in Elders
  • Delirious, Demented, Depressed? How to Tell the Difference

Continuing Education (CE) credit is available for care/case managers, certified health education specialists, counselors, mental health professionals/social workers, nurses, nursing home administrators, professional guardians.

For more information or to register, go to >> www.asaging.org/autumn%2Dseries/as05/

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2006 Annual National Aging and Law Conference
"Elder Rights: Building on the Past, Strengthening the Future"

April 20-23, 2006
Doubletree Hotel
Crystal City, Virginia

Mark your calendars! The Call for Sessions for the 2006 National Aging and Law Conference is scheduled to be released in September.

The conference is co-sponsored by the AARP Foundation, ABA Commission on Law and Aging, National Senior Citizens Law Center, The Center for Social Gerontology, Center for Medicare Advocacy, Inc., National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys, National Consumer Law Center and National Association of State Units on Aging.

For more information, contact Marcy Gouge, Director, National Legal Training Project, AARP Foundation, (202) 434-2197, [email protected], www.aarp.org/ntltrpro/

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Check our Web site often for more dates and events elderabusecenter.org/default.cfm?p=conferencesevents.cfm


NCEA News & Resources

Notes from the Director, NCEA

As the Center prepares for a new project year beginning next October, it is gratifying to step back and look at what we have achieved. The year has had some very impressive highlights:

Our Web site, NCEA Listserve, and NCEA e-Newsletter continue to serve as important communication channels for the field. Once again, as in previous years, Web site traffic has surpassed 1 million page views. The National Library of Medicine, the world's largest medical library and creator of MedlinePlus, is now the top government referring source sending visitors to NCEA online.

NCEA's Listserve, a valued forum for elder rights professionals, continued to draw new subscribers. We currently have a total of 1,332 subscribers, up 11 percent from 2004. One of the more popular features on the list is the NCEA Newsfeed on Elder Abuse. Since October, the newsfeeds have contained links to over 2,550 breaking stories.

I am pleased to report that our new opt-in subscription NCEA e-News, which successfully launched January 2005, now has close to 1,400 subscribers from all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Guam, and Puerto Rico. Nations represented include Australia, Canada, U.K., Ireland, Israel, Singapore, and Thailand.

Online visitor traffic to the Clearinghouse on Abuse and Neglect of the Elderly, the nation's largest archive of published literature on elder abuse, increased a remarkable 53 percent over the year. The Clearinghouse's entire collection – over 5,100 titles – is fully searchable and continually updated.

Our Promising Practices database, which now contains almost 400 profiles, is another great resource and one of the most frequently visited sections of the NCEA Web site. Recent additions include initiatives on caregiver mediation and guardianship and a project that has Senior Companion volunteers working with self-neglecting elders.

Launched last year, the NCEA Training Library for Adult Protective Services / Elder Abuse has proven to be an equally valued service provided by NCEA. The library now has 144 catalogued holdings.

To build capacity out in the field, NCEA partners have engaged in many collaborative training and technical assistance efforts with such organizations as the International Association of Forensic Nurses, Indian Health Service, American Probation and Parole Conference, National Association of Attorney's General, National Association of Medicaid Fraud Control Units. So far this year an estimated audience of 3,000 people has been reached nationwide.

Last but not least, while there is no national hot line for elder abuse, our nationally publicized Help Desk, accessible via e-mail, the Internet, and phone, serves a vital role in providing information to the public, particularly people who do not know where to turn. To date this year, we have responded to over 2,300 inquiries, the vast majority of which are from family members.

As you can see, the NCEA Partners have had a busy year. We look forward to working together with you in the year ahead and stand ready to assist you in every way we can.

— Sara Aravanis, Director
National Center on Elder Abuse

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Our next issue of NCEA e-News will be published September 2005. We hope all of our readers have a great summer.

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On the Front Lines

New York Facts & Stats1

  • In 1997, according to the most recent profile of the APS caseload in New York State, local social services departments received about 25,000 adult protective services referrals statewide. About two-thirds of the cases involved adults over 60.
  • One-third of the cases involved abuse of the impaired adult by another person and two-thirds involved self-neglect.
  • Of the perpetrators, 56.3% of abusers were male, 74% family members, 34% were adult children, 26% were spouses, and 26% were unrelated.
  • According to Project 2015, between 1998 and 1999 local departments of social services experienced a 28 percent increase in the number of guardianship cases that they filed.
  • New York State is one of the five states that do not mandate that reports of suspected domestic elder abuse and neglect be made to adult protective services. However, Adult Protective Case workers are mandated reporters to the police, if they believe a crime has occurred.

Sources: New York State Office of Children and Family Services, Protective Services for Adults www.ocfs.state.ny.us/main/psa/problem.asp; Project 2015: The Future of Aging in New York State http://aging.state.ny.us/explore/project2015/artabuse.htm; Target: Elder Abuse. New York Takes Action Against Elder Mistreatment and Neglect. A Statewide Summit Convened and Sponsored by Lifespan of Greater Rochester. Final Report, January 2005 www.lifespan-roch.org/lifespan_contents.htm

1The statistics highlighted in this column are gathered from a variety of state-specific data sources and should be cited using the sources referenced. Readers should note that elder abuse incidence and prevalence rates vary among states and differ depending upon the definitions used and state laws regarding reporting. The National Center on Elder Abuse cannot guarantee and assumes no responsibility for the accuracy or completeness of the information.


New York Online Resources

AGENCY SOURCES

STATUTES

REFERENCES & RESOURCES


Research & Scholarship

"Elder Abuse and Neglect: The Experience, Knowledge, and Attitudes of Primary Care Physicians"

by Richard D. Kennedy, JD, MD, Mt. Carmel Family Practice Residency, Mount Carmel Medical Center, Columbus, OH
Family Medicine Vol. 37, No. 7 / July/August 2005

STUDY AND RESULTS
This study of Ohio primary care physicians found that, overall, elder abuse is off the "radar screen" of most physicians. More than half of the family physicians and general internists surveyed said that they had never identified a case of elder mistreatment, and most were not aware of the extent of the problem. More than 60 percent reported never having asked an elderly patient about abuse.

On the Internet >> www.stfm.org/fmhub/fm2005/July/Richard481.pdf

Top 5 Reasons for Primary Care Physicians Not Reporting Abuse

  1. Abuse Involved Subtle Signs (44%)
  2. Victim Denial (23%)
  3. Unsure of reporting procedures (21%)
  4. Unclear about reporting laws, definitions, accessing community resources (10%)
  5. Other or not specified (2%)

SOURCE: Dr. Richard D. Kennedy, "Elder Abuse and Neglect: The Experience, Knowledge, and Attitudes of Primary Care Physicians," Family Medicine, Vol. 37, No. 7 / July/August 2005


"The Nature and Impact of Domestic Violence Across Age Cohorts"

by Dina J. Wilke, PhD, [email protected] and Linda Vinton, PhD, [email protected],
College of Social Work, Florida State University
Affilia: Journal of Women and Social Work, Vol. 20, No. 3 / August 2005

STUDY AND RESULTS
This study examined the nature and extent of domestic violence and its impact on psychosocial functioning among women of different age groups. No differences were found across age groups in the severity of violence, nature of injuries, use of alcohol or drugs at the time of the incident, attribution of blame, likelihood to report violence, or rates of childhood physical abuse and depression. However, the older women were more likely to have experienced violence for a longer time, to be in current violent relationships, and to have health and mental health problems than were the younger women. These similarities and differences are discussed in terms of interventions.


"Patients' Advice to Physicians about Intervening in Family Conflict"

by Sandra K. Burge, PhD, [email protected], et al, Department of Family and Community Medicine, University of Texas Health Science Center, San Antonio, Texas
Annals of Family Medicine, Vol. 3, No. 3 / May/June 2005

STUDY AND RESULTS
In a sample of 253 family practice patients in relationships, nearly all (97%) – men and women alike – said they believed that physicians should ask about family conflict and that physicians could be helpful. Even those reporting a history of relationship violence believed physicians should ask. Yet, only one third of the sample said their doctors had ever done so. Patients' advice to physicians clustered around three general themes: communication, assistance, and cautions or encouragement. More specifically, patients want physicians to ask about family conflict, listen to their stories, and provide information and appropriate referrals. Investigators suggest that the term family conflict is more likely to encourage open dialogue as it carries less of a social stigma than family violence.

On the Internet >> http://www.annfammed.org/cgi/reprint/3/3/248


Elder Abuse: What Should Dentists Know?

Two recent articles published by the Academy of General Dentistry offer helpful suggestions for screening of older patients and keeping a careful eye.

ORAL/FACIAL INJURIES

  • Fractured or loose teeth
  • Lip trauma
  • Bruising of edentulous ridges or facial tissues (area of the mouth covered by a denture)
  • Avulsed teeth (tooth and root structure forcibly knocked from the jaw bone)
  • Upper jaw broken or dislocated (fractures of maxilla)

ORAL SIGNS OF NEGLECT

  • Poor personal or oral hygiene
  • Bad breath (halitosis)
  • Gross dental disease

POSSIBLE FEARS OF ABUSE SURVIVORS

  • Lying down for treatment
  • Having objects put into their mouths
  • Having a dentist's hand covering their nose or mouth
  • Fear of not being able to breathe or swallow
  • Fear of gagging or being sick
  • Fear that the dentist may become annoyed or angered

SOURCES: Michael C. Herren, DMD and Raymond J. Bryon, Jr.DMD, "Elder Abuse Update," General Dentistry, May/June 2005 www.agd.org/library/2005/june/dart_157.pdf; Garwin, Jennifer, "Elder Abuse How to Spot It," AGD Impact, Vol. 33, No. 6, April 2005 www.agd.org/library/2005/june/garvin.asp

Related Resource
Family Violence: An Intervention Model for Dental Professionals
www.ojp.usdoj.gov/ovc/publications/bulletins/dentalproviders/welcome.html


To see abstracts of more published studies, visit the Clearinghouse on Abuse and Neglect of the Elderly at http://db.rdms.udel.edu:8080/CANE/index.jsp. For assistance, e-mail CANE at [email protected].


Funding Opportunities

Apply for Prestigious Innovations Award

Harvard University invites you to apply for the 2006 Innovations in American Government Award. Administered by the Ash Institute for Democratic Governance and Innovation at the John F. Kennedy School of Government in partnership with the Council for Excellence in Government, the Innovations Award is heralded as the premier public-sector award in the nation. It is given annually to programs that serve as examples of creative and effective government at its best.

All units of government-federal, state, local, tribal, and territorial-within the United States are eligible to apply. Each of the winners of the 2006 Innovations Award will receive a $100,000 grant to support replication and dissemination activities.

Online application and more information >> www.innovationsaward.harvard.edu/

2005 Finalists >> www.ashinstitute.harvard.edu/Ash/pr_2005f_ash.htm

Applications are due September 15, 2005.


W.E.B. DuBois Fellowship Program

The National Institute of Justice (NIJ), the research arm of the U.S. Department of Justice, invites applications for the 2006 W.E.B. DuBois Fellowship to advance the field of knowledge regarding the confluence of crime, justice, and culture in various societal contexts.

The fellowship places particular emphasis on crime, violence, and administration of justice in diverse cultural contexts. Researchers from all academic disciplines are encouraged to apply. NIJ is especially interested in candidates who bring diverse ethnic and cultural perspectives to their work.

Possible research topics include, but are not limited to the following:

  • Immigration, crime, and victimization
  • Transnational crime
  • Police-community relations
  • Corrections
  • Ethnographic studies investigating crime, violence, substance abuse, and justice system interactions in particular cultural settings.

Application Deadline >> February 1, 2006

Download RFP >> www.ncjrs.org/pdffiles1/nij/sl000706.pdf


Resources for Grant Writers


In Brief

Available Soon: National Sex Offender Public Registry

The U.S. Department of Justice has announced it is launching a National Sex Offender Public Registry data exchange portal to help expand citizen access to state sex offender data. The goal is to have at least 20 state sex offender registries connected and the site available for public searches later this summer.

More information available at >> www.ojp.usdoj.gov/BJA/what/index.html


New! Elder Abuse Fatality Review Teams: A Replication Manual

This important new resource by Lori Stiegel, JD, American Bar Association Commission on Law and Aging offers a uniquely practical look of elder abuse fatality review team development, as well as background on their history and purpose. Released just last month, the report incorporates lessons learned from four ABA funded demonstrations in California, Maine, Virginia, and Texas.

The National Center on Elder Abuse will be hosting a teleconference on the subject of elder abuse fatality review teams this fall – so keep an eye out.

More information available at >> www.abanet.org/aging


Attorney General Guidelines for Victim and Witness Assistance

U.S. Department of Justice, Office for Victims of Crime / May 2005
The new edition incorporates the many provisions for crime victims' rights and remedies, including the Justice for All Act of 2004, that have been enacted since the last edition. It also includes new guidance on identity theft.

On the Internet >> www.usdoj.gov/olp/final.pdf


Quote of the Month

"Elder abuse occurs in every neighborhood. It thrives on silence."

Target: Elder Abuse. New York Takes Action Against Elder Mistreatment and Neglect,
Lifespan of Greater Rochester, 2005

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July 2005
Volume 7, No. 9
Sara Aravanis, Director
Susan Coombs Ficke, Contributing Writer/Editor

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