January 2006 | Volume 8 | No. 3

Policy & Legislation

Elder Abuse Captures Attention of White House Conference on Aging Delegates
by Susan J. Aziz

"Protection from Abuse and Neglect" emerged as a high priority at the 2005 White House Conference on Aging (WHCoA) held December 11-14 in Washington, DC. The resolution to "Create a National Strategy for Promoting Elder Justice through the Prevention and Prosecution of Elder Abuse," ranked fifteenth among the 50 resolutions passed by the 1,200 WHCoA delegates. The final 50 resolutions were approved by vote out of the total 73 proposed resolutions.

Following the vote, delegates met in small groups to identify, discuss, and recommend specific implementation strategies for the adopted resolutions. The dynamic implementation strategy session for the WHCoA resolutions related to elder justice, elder abuse, and elder financial crime was filled to capacity with about 75 participants.

Among the key policy and programmatic recommendations for implementing Resolution 19: "Prevention and Prosecution of Elder Abuse" were to:

  • Enact and fully fund for comprehensive elder justice legislation (The Elder Justice Act) to address elder abuse;
  • Build the capacity of Adult Protective Services by having specific funds and specific responsibilities to help in the fight against elder abuse; and
  • Issue a first-class postage stamp to encourage and support elder abuse awareness.

Many elder abuse prevention and elder justice advocates left the conference energized, excited to be moving ahead, and determined to actively support and promote the vision for elder justice.

Within the next six months, the WHCoA Policy Committee will send a report to the President and Congress with recommendations intended to help guide national aging policies in the coming decade and beyond.

Current cosponsors of the Elder Justice Act of 2005 S. 2010 include Senators Saxby Chambliss of Georgia, Herb Kohl of Wisconsin, Mary L. Landrieu of Louisiana, Blanche L. Lincoln of Arkansas, and Gordon H. Smith of Oregon. The Elder Justice Coalition reports that it expects a companion House bill will be introduced shortly.

— Ms. Aziz is an international consultant on elder abuse, a member of the Board of Directors of the National Committee for the Prevention of Elder Abuse (NCPEA), and Chair of the NCPEA Policy Committee. She served as a delegate to the 2005 White House Conference on Aging. The National Committee for the Prevention of Elder Abuse is a partner of the National Center on Elder Abuse

WHCoA Resolutions Related to Vulnerable Elder Rights Protection

Rank Resolution Total Votes Implementation Strategies
#1 Reauthorize Older Americans Act
within the first six months following the 2005 WHCoA. (Resolution #17)
  • Provide a substantial increase in Older Americans Act funding.
  • Provide $1 million for elder abuse awareness grants under Title VII Part B for Indian Country.
#8 Improve recognition, assessment, and treatment of mental illness and depression among older Americans. (Resolution #36) 929  
#15 Create a national strategy for promoting elder justice through the prevention and prosecution of elder abuse (Resolution #19) 851
  • Enact and fully fund comprehensive elder justice legislation (The Elder Justice Act) to address elder abuse).
  • Build capacity of APS programs nationwide with specific funds and focus on elder financial abuse exploitation.
  • Create an Elder Abuse Awareness postage stamp (similar to breast cancer stamp).
#45 Strengthen law enforcement efforts at the federal, state, and local levels to investigate and prosecute cases of elder financial crime. (Resolution #7) 497
  • Enactment of legislation and funding to create rapid response financial abuse specialist teams nationwide to increase prosecution of financial crimes.

More Information

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Violence Against Women Act Reauthorization of 2005 Signed into Law
by Lori A. Stiegel, J.D.

On January 5, 2006, the President signed into law the Violence Against Women and Department of Justice Reauthorization Act of 2005 (H.R. 3402). The legislation passed by the House and Senate in late 2005 reauthorizes the act through 2011, makes amendments to criminal and immigration law, consolidates major law enforcement grant programs, and authorizes funds for Department of Justice grant programs through 2009.

The new act, known as VAWA 2005, includes two sections of particular relevance to the elder and adult abuse fields:

  • Sec. 204. Training and Services to End Violence Against Women with Disabilities
  • Sec. 205. Enhanced Training and Services to End Violence Against Women in Later Life

First enacted in 1994 and reauthorized in 2000, VAWA legislation and funding have been pivotal in advancing efforts to address domestic violence, stalking, and sexual assault. Among other changes, under the new law the Sec. 205 Violence Against Women in Later Life program is expanded to include dating violence. In addition, VAWA 2005 augments the range of grant purpose (previously grants were permitted only for the purpose of training law enforcement, prosecutors, and courts). It now allows the Office on Violence Against Women to award grants for:

  • Training state and local government employees and victim assistants.
  • Providing or enhancing services for victims of elder abuse, neglect, and exploitation, including domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, or stalking.
  • Increasing the physical accessibility of buildings in which services are or will be rendered for victims of abuse or violence in later life.
  • Creating or supporting multidisciplinary collaborative community responses to victims.
  • Conducting cross-training for victim services organizations, government agencies, courts, law enforcement, and nonprofit, nongovernmental organizations serving victims.

Additionally, the new legislation clarifies that the Sec. 205 Violence Against Women in Later Life program pertains to victims 50 years of age or older, and it increases the Sec. 205 authorization level from $5 million to $10 million for each of the fiscal years 2007 through 2011.

VAWA 2005 similarly expands the Sec. 204 Violence Against Women with Disabilities program to address dating violence. In addition, the reauthorization bill expands the current authorization for grants to modify facilities, equipment, and personnel so that shelters and victim service organizations can accommodate the needs of victims with disabilities and also authorizes grants for:

  • Personnel, advocacy, intervention, risk reduction, and prevention activities.
  • Outreach activities to ensure that victims with disabilities receive appropriate assistance.
  • Cross-training for victim service organizations, government agencies, courts, law enforcement agencies, and nonprofit, nongovernmental groups serving persons with disabilities.
  • Technical assistance to victim service organizations on revising policies, protocols, and procedures to ensure that victims with disabilities have equal access to services.
  • Advocacy and intervention services for victims with disabilities.
  • Development of model programs for providing advocacy and intervention services within organizations serving victims with disabilities.

The Congress approved an increase for the program from $7.5 million to $10 million for each of the fiscal years 2007 through 2011.

To read the full text of VAWA 2005 (H.R. 3402), go to >> http://frwebgate.access.gpo.gov/cgi-bin/getdoc.cgi?dbname=109_cong_bills&docid=f:h3402enr.txt.pdf

— Ms. Stiegel is Associate Staff Director of the American Bar Association Commission on Law and Aging. The ABA Commission on Law and Aging is a partner of the National Center on Elder Abuse.

Promising Practices Spotlight

Emerging Practices in Adult Protective Services

Each year the annual National Adult Protective Services Association (NAPSA) Conference sponsors a "Show & Yell" workshop featuring innovative APS practices from around the country. The special session is a popular event as it offers participants an opportunity to learn about cutting-edge programs and network with peers.

Show & Yell presentations vary in types of best practices, from reporting the latest research, to highlighting successful programs, lessons learned, and difficult problems solved. Here's an example from Texas:

Texas APS Mobile Technology Initiative

In 2004, Texas APS caseworkers completed 60,998 investigations of which 44,034 were confirmed cases of vulnerable adult abuse, neglect, or exploitation. As part of the state's extensive APS reform efforts, caseworkers have recently been armed with new cutting-edge technology that provides instant access to case histories and other resources while conducting investigations in the field.

According to officials, tablet PCs with attachable digital cameras have been issued to each of more than 400 caseworkers statewide. The new hand-held computers, about the size of a legal pad, allow workers in the field to document cases on site and spend more time interacting with clients. The award-winning technology also enables workers to stay in close contact with their supervisors and other APS experts, as well as to share reports and digital photographs.

It's particularly interesting that the tablet PCs are pre-loaded with a new risk assessment tool known as CARE — Client Assessment and Risk Evaluation. The tool acts as a checklist to help caseworkers ensure complete information about each elderly person and person with a disability is gathered in the field.

For the uninitiated, a tablet PC is similar in size and thickness to a yellow paper notepad and is intended to function as the user's primary personal computer as well as a note-taking device. In Texas, the wireless personal computer provides APS workers with a variety of tools, including:

  • Instant access to case histories and policy manuals.
  • The ability to capture data and photos in the field and transmit the information to supervisors.
  • Automated reminders to guide staff through required case activities and data collection.
  • On-site access to community resource directories.

Texas Department of Family and Protective Services, in a recent press release, said that the new technology will enable the state to do a better job protecting adults with disabilities and the elderly. "It is critically important to devote as much time as possible to face-to-face contact with our clients," said Debra Wanser, Assistant Commissioner.

APS workers in El Paso piloted the PCs in May 2005, and by late summer the technology was deployed statewide. Each APS caseworker has received two days of training on the PCs, which also feature Internet access and handwriting and voice recognition.

For more information, contact Texas Department of Family and Protective Services, 701 W. 51st Street, Austin, Texas 78751, (512) 438-4800.

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Call for Submissions
17th Annual National Adult Protective Services Association Conference

September 6-8, 2006
Hyatt Regency, San Francisco, California

Deadline for Submission: February 28, 2006
Acceptance Notification: April 14, 2006
Submission Guidelines: www.apsnetwork.org/Training/2006CallforSubmissions.doc

For more information, call Anne Kincaid at (720) 565-0906.

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For more ideas and tools, search the NCEA Promising Practices Database >> www.elderabusecenter.org/default.cfm?p=toolsresources.cfm

NCEA News & Resources

Register Now for NCEA'S Live Webcast
NEW! Data on Elder Abuse: What We've Learned from the 2004 Survey of State APS Programs

Wednesday, February 15, 2006 3 PM EST

State Adult Protective Services Programs collect data within their states that are crucial to shining light into the nature and extent of elder abuse in the U.S., informing the Nation's policy response, and shaping future directions in research. In 2004, the National Center on Elder AbusePartners, through its partners the National Committee for the Prevention of Elder Abuse and National Adult Protective Services Association, conducted a nationwide survey of the states in order to learn more about:

  • National trends
  • Statewide elder abuse data
  • Who reports elder abuse
  • The types of elder abuse reported
  • Who the victims are
  • Perpetrator relationships
  • Interventions and outcomes

NCEA's 2004 Survey of State Adult Protective Services is the most comprehensive and rigorous study to date of state APS elder abuse reports. All 50 states, the District of Columbia, and the U.S. territories responded to the survey. The study was conducted for NCEA under the guidance of Dr. Pamela Teaster, Associate Professor, University of Kentucky and Joanne Otto, Executive Director, the National Adult Protective Services Association.

On February 15, 2006, NCEA will hold a live audio webcast to release the latest findings. The webcast will begin at 3 p.m. Eastern Time. We hope you will join us.


  • Pamela B. Teaster, PhD, Associate Professor, Graduate Center for Gerontology, University of Kentucky, Lexington and President Elect of the National Committee for the Prevention of Elder Abuse (NCPEA), an NCEA partner. A nationally known expert in the study of elder abuse, Dr. Teaster's current research interests focus on adult protective services, guardianship, victimization of older women, and sexual abuse of older and disabled adults. She has published in many academic journals, including The Gerontologist, Journal of Elder Abuse and Neglect, Public Administration Review, and Journal of Ethics, Law and Aging.
  • Joanne M. Otto, MSW, Executive Director, National Adult Protective Services Association (NAPSA), an NCEA partner. The mission of NAPSA is to improve the quality and availability of protective services for disabled adults and older persons who are abused, neglected, or exploited and are unable to protect their own interests. Ms. Otto is a nationally known author, speaker, and expert on elder and adult abuse.

Wednesday, February 15, 2006 at 3:00 PM EST

Register Online

Not Able to Participate?
A taped replay will be available within 24 hours on the Web conferencing site at www.visualwebcaster.com/event.asp?id=31874

Sara Aravanis, Director
National Center on Elder Abuse

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Clearinghouse on Abuse and Neglect of the Elderly Announces Move

The Clearinghouse on Abuse and Neglect of the Elderly/CANE has a new mailing address. The new contact is:

Clearinghouse on Abuse and Neglect of the Elderly
University of Delaware
Leadership Program / School of Urban Affairs and Public Policy
111 Academy Street
188-C Graham Hall
Newark, Delaware 19716
Ph: (302) 831-3525 Fax: (301) 831-3587
E-mail: CANE-UD@udel.edu
Web: http://db.rdms.udel.edu:8080/CANE

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Sign up today for the National Center on Elder Abuse Listserve

NCEA Elder Abuse listserve provides a free, 24-hour, 7-day-a-week online link to others who are working on elder abuse issues. The NCEA listserve is a discussion forum for professionals working in elder abuse or allied fields. Membership is restricted to adult protective services practitioners and administrators, aging services practitioners and administrators, educators, health professionals, judges, lawyers, law enforcement officers, prosecutors, policy makers, and researchers.

To request a subscription to the Elder Abuse listserve, just fill out the form at www.elderabusecenter.org/default.cfm?p=listservesubscribeform.cfm, or If you prefer, you can e-mail the list manager at lstiegel@staff.abanet.org. All requests must include the information below:

  • Your name, profession, and e-mail address
  • A statement of your interest or expertise in elder abuse or adult protective services
  • Employer's name (if applicable) and address
  • Phone number (so that you can be contacted in the event of an e-mail problem)

See our Web site for more details.

On the Front Lines

Idaho Facts & Stats1

  • In Idaho, during 2001, the Idaho Commission on Aging received 3,031 reported allegations of abuse, neglect, and exploitation.
  • The reports of maltreatment fell into four main categories: self-neglect (37%), abuse (29%), exploitation (19%), and neglect (15%).

Source: Idaho Commission on Aging, Adult Protection: Safeguarding Every Person's Basic Human Right to a Safe and Decent Life, Regardless of Age, Regardless of Condition, www.idahoaging.com/news/AP.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.

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Idaho Online Resources




Research & Scholarship

Nursing Homes: Despite Increased Oversight, Challenges Remain in Ensuring High-Quality Care and Resident Safety

U.S. Government Accountability Office / GAO-06-117/ December 28, 2005

Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services nursing home data show a notable decline in the proportion of nursing homes with serious quality problems since 1999, but according to a recent analysis by the U.S. Government Accountability Office, this trend masks two important and continuing issues: 2) inconsistency in how states conduct nursing home surveys and 2) understatement of serious quality problems. Despite increased public oversight, continued attention and commitment are needed to protect the safety of residents and ensure the highest possible quality of care

On the Web >> www.gao.gov/cgi-bin/getrpt?GAO-06-117
GAO Report Highlights >> www.gao.gov/highlights/d06117high.pdf

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International Perspectives on Elder Abuse
Educational Gerontology, Vol. 32, No. 1 / January 2006

Elder Abuse in Japan

by Mizuho Arai, Bunker Hill Community College, Boston

This study sought to ascertain how adults in Japan perceive and define "elder abuse." Women (n = 100) and men (n = 40) both identified physical aggression as an example of extremely abusive behavior, followed by neglect and blaming. Similarly, physical aggression was mentioned most often as an example of moderate abuse, followed by neglect, economic maltreatment, emotional abuse, verbal abuse, blame, and psychological abuse.

Perspectives on Elder Abuse in Germany

by Julia König, Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität Munich, Germany and Elisabeth Leembruggen-Kallberg, Azusa College, Free University, Amsterdam, Netherlands

This study of 74 German citizens analyzed perspectives on the behaviors of adult children toward their elderly parents, with a focus on the behaviors that were considered to be extremely, moderately, or mildly abusive. Physical and psychological aggression, psychological neglect, and neglect/abandonment were most frequently cited as examples of abuse, followed by economic exploitation and verbal aggression. There were two gender differences: women gave more examples of psychological neglect as prototypes of mild abuse than men did, and men gave more examples of physical aggression as prototypes of moderate abuse than women did.

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Elder Abuse Among African Americans

by Jesse Tauriac, UMass, Boston and Natoschia Scruggs, University of California, Berkeley

Perceptions of extreme, moderate, and mild forms of elder abuse among of African American women (n = 25) and men (n = 10) were examined. Along with physical abuse, verbal abuse was the most frequently identified form of abuse, and was significantly related to age in complex ways: the older the respondents, the more examples they provided of verbal abuse as an extreme form of mistreatment. The younger the respondents, the more examples they gave of verbal abuse as a mild form of mistreatment. Examples of neglect and abandonment were listed most frequently as forms of extreme abuse, and were listed significantly more frequently by females than by males.

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Israeli Perspectives on Elder Abuse

by Keren Rabi, Boston University

This pilot study examined attitudes towards elderly maltreatment as commonly perceived by the two dominant ethnicities currently constituting Israeli society–the Ashkenazi and the Sephardic. Psychological neglect, neglect/abandonment, and physical aggression were considered to be most prominent exemplars of elder abuse within the Israeli sample and across gender and ethnicities. Although there were no significant group differences in the exemplars given of extreme elder abuse, the Ashkenazi sample gave greater emphasis to physical and economic abuse as forms of moderate abuse, and to neglect/abandonment and disrespect as forms of mild abuse. There was only one significant gender difference: in providing examples of moderate elder abuse, Israeli women put more emphasis on disrespect than Israeli men.

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Perspectives on Elder Abuse and Neglect in Brazil

by Wilson Bezerra-Flanders, Harvard University and Jennifer Clark, Boston University

In a sample of 70 Brazilian adults (46 females and 24 males) who responded to a cross-cultural survey on family violence and abuse, the most commonly cited form of abuse overall was psychological neglect, followed by neglect/abandonment. Although forms of physical aggression were mentioned less often than forms of neglect, the older the participants were, the more frequently they identified physical aggression as abusive.

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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 CANE-UD@udel.edu.

Trends & Statistics

Elder Crime and Victimization

  • During 2003-2004 there was a 37.6 percent decrease in violent crimes against persons 65 and older.
  • Property crimes accounted for 92 percent of victimizations affecting persons or households headed by someone 65 or older and 88 percent of victimizations against persons or households headed by persons age 50 to 64.
  • About one in five personal crimes against the elderly was theft.
  • Seventy-six percent of perpetrators of crimes against the elderly were male.
  • During 2001 more than 33,000 people age 60 and older were treated for non-fatal assault related injuries (not including sexual assault) in emergency room departments. Assaults happened almost equally at home (25.9 percent) and in public places (27.5 percent).
  • Telemarketing fraud is a flourishing crime problem with estimated losses to U.S. elderly citizens exceeding $500 million per year.

Source: U.S. Department of Justice, Office for Victims' of Crime www.ojp.usdoj.gov/ovc/ncvrw/2006/welcome.html

Funding Opportunities

Association of American Medical Colleges: Caring for Community Grants

The Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) announces the availability of Caring for Community Grants. Funded through the Pfizer Medical Humanities Initiative, this program aims to encourage and support the development of medical student-initiated community service projects. Eligible applicants are medical schools conferring the M.D. or D.O. degree. AAMC anticipates funding a total of 10 grant awards under this initiative. There are three categories: new project grants, supplemental grants, and non-continuous grants.

Application Deadline: March 13, 2006

More Information >> www.aamc.org/about/awards/cfc.htm

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National Council on the Aging Invites Applications for Wisdom Works Grant Program

The National Council on the Aging (NCOA) invites letters of interest from community senior centers for Wisdom Works: Building Better Communities grants. The goal of the civic engagement initiative is to mobilize newly retired older adults to address community needs. NCOA anticipates funding six awards at a total of $25,000 each.

Letters of Interest Deadline >> February 16, 2006
Application Deadline >> April 28, 2006

More Information >> www.ncoa.org/content.cfm?sectionID=271&detail=1268

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National Institute on Aging Doctoral Dissertation Grants

The National Institute on Aging (NIA) is accepting applications for dissertation grants in all areas of research within the Institute's mandate to increase the diversity of the research workforce on aging. These awards are available to qualified pre-doctoral students in accredited research doctoral programs in the U.S. (including Puerto Rico and other U.S. territories or possessions). Support is provided for up to two years. Multiple submission dates through 2008.

2006 Application Dates:

Letters of Intent: February 15, 2006, October 16, 2006
Application Deadlines: March 15, 2006, November 15, 2006
Anticipated Start Dates: December 2006, July 2007

Download RFP >> http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/pa-files/PAR-06-117.html

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NIH Office of Behavioral and Social Sciences to Fund Social Work-Related Research

The NIH Office of Behavioral and Social Sciences Research invites applications for innovative, theory-driven empirical research on social work practice, concepts, and theory as these relate to the NIH public health goal of improving health outcomes for persons with medical and behavioral disorders and conditions. Areas of interest include, among others, studies establishing aspects of health-related social work services that are unique to specialty health care settings (e.g., hospitals, nursing homes) and non-specialty health care settings (e.g., social service agencies).

Application Date >> February 1, 2006 (Cycle I); June 1, 2006 (Cycle II); October 1, 2006 (Cycle III)

Download RFP >> http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/pa-files/PA-06-081.html

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2006 Training Grants to Stop Abuse and Sexual Assault Against Older Individuals or Individuals with Disabilities

The Office on Violence Against Women plans to fund 8 to 10 projects in 2006 to pilot-test new curricula focusing on elder abuse, neglect, and exploitation. Projects will provide training to law enforcement, prosecutors and the judiciary to create a multidisciplinary approach to addressing elder abuse within the criminal justice system in their communities.

Application Deadline: February 16, 2006

Download RFP >> www.ojp.usdoj.gov/fundopps.htm#OVW

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2006 Domestic Violence Transitional Housing Assistance Program

Grants made under this program are intended to support programs that provide assistance to individuals who are in need of transitional housing or housing assistance as a result of fleeing a situation of domestic violence and for whom emergency shelter services or other crisis intervention services are unavailable or insufficient. OVW encourages applicants to submit budgets within the range of $175,000 to $350,000.

Letter of Intent Deadline: January 26, 2006
Application Deadline: February 16, 2006

Download Application >> www.ojp.usdoj.gov/fundopps.htm

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2006 STOP Violence Against Indian Women Grants

The goal of the STOP (Services, Training, Officers, and Prosecutors) Violence Against Indian Women Discretionary Grants Program is to encourage tribal governments to develop and strengthen the tribal justice system's response to violence against Indian women, and to improve the services available to victims of domestic violence, sexual assault, and stalking in Indian country. Eligible applicants for grants are tribal governments or consortia representing tribal governments.

Letter of Intent Deadline: January 24, 2006
Application Deadline: February 15, 2006

Download RFP >> www.ojp.usdoj.gov/fundopps.htm

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Office for Victims of Crime Seeks to Begin Work on 2007 National Crime Victims' Rights Week

The Office for Victims of Crime announced plans to fund the development of a 2007 National Crime Victims' Rights Resource Guide. The award under this solicitation will be under a cooperative agreement.
(For example, see: 2006 National Crime Victims' Rights Week Resource Guide www.ojp.usdoj.gov/ovc/ncvrw/welcome.html)

Application Deadline: February 23, 2006

Download RFP >> www.ojp.usdoj.gov/ovc/fund/dakit.htm

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National Science Foundation Invites Proposals Exploring Human Social Behavior

The social psychology program at the National Science Foundation (NSF) invites proposals for research that will make a contribution to understanding of human social behavior, including cultural differences and development over the life span. The wide umbrella of research topics addressed by NSF includes: attitude formation and change; social cognition; personality processes; interpersonal relations and group processes; the self; emotion; social comparison and social influence; and the psychophysiological and neurophysiological bases of social behavior.

Application Deadlines: July 15, 2006 and January 15, 2007

Download RFP >> www.nsf.gov/funding/pgm_summ.jsp?pims_id=5712

Resources for Grant Writers

Calendar/Coming Up

2006 National Observances

Alcohol Awareness Month
SAMHSA's National Mental Health Information Center

Sexual Assault Awareness Month
National Sexual Violence Resource Center

Apr 6 – A Day to End Sexual Violence
National Sexual Violence Resource Center

Apr 6 – National Alcohol Screening Day
Screening for Mental Health, Inc.

Apr 7 – World Health Day
WHO Regional Office for the Americas, Pan American Health Organization

Apr 23–29 – National Crime Victims' Rights Week
U.S. Department of Justice's Office for Victims of Crime

Mental Health Month
National Mental Health Association and National Council for Community Behavioral Healthcare

Older Americans Month
U.S. Administration on Aging

May 7–13 National Mental Health Counseling Week
American Mental Health Counselors Association

May 14–20 National Emergency Medical Services Week
American College of Emergency Physicians

May 15 National Women's Check-up Day
Office on Women's Health

May 21–27 Older Americans Mental Health Week
Older Women's League

Jun 15 World Elder Abuse Awareness Day
International Network for the Prevention of Elder Abuse

19 Take a Loved One for a Check-up Day
Office of Minority Health, U.S. Department of Health & Human Services

National Domestic Violence Awareness Month
National Coalition Against Domestic Violence

National Crime Prevention Month
National Crime Prevention Council

Oct 5 National Depression Screening Day

Oct 11 SAVE (Stop America's Violence Everywhere) Today
American Medical Association Alliance

National Alzheimer's Disease Month
Alzheimer's Association

National Family Caregivers' Month
National Family Caregivers' Association

Professional Development/Distance Learning

New Hampshire Coalition Against Domestic and Sexual Violence Offers Video on Domestic Violence Screening

The New Hampshire Coalition Against Domestic and Sexual Violence has produced a very valuable training tool offering insights on how doctors can gently probe and encourage patients to talk about their abuse. Although not expressly directed at domestic abuse in later life, the video identifies a variety of ways in which a patient experiencing domestic violence may present and successful ways of intervening.

The video is available to watch online and features three scenarios: Direct Disclosure; Reluctant Disclosure; and Teen Dating Violence.

To view the video, go to www.nhcadsv.org/information.cfm and scroll down the home page.

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Identifying Elder Abuse in the Home Care Setting

Q&A With the Expert on: Elder Abuse
Annals of Long-Term Care, Vol. 14, No. 1 / January 2006
by Jerome Epplin, MD, Southern Illinois School of Medicine

This short medical case study is designed to teach practicing physicians the risk factors and basics of identifying elder abuse. The case involves a 78-year-old woman with Alzheimer's whose communication is impaired because of a stroke.

On the Web >> www.hmpcommunications.com/altc/attachments/5137.pdf

In Brief

Archstone Foundation Launches Elder Abuse and Neglect Initiative

The Archstone Foundation has announced the names of the grantees that it has chosen to receive funding under Phase I of its multimillion-dollar Elder Abuse and Neglect Initiative, totaling $3,665,496 over two years (Jan 1, 2006 – Jan 1, 2008).The 19 grantees are:

Education & Training

  • City College of San Francisco
         Project: Elder abuse and neglect curriculum for front-line care providers
  • County of Santa Clara
         Project: Educating and training clergy on elder abuse and neglect response
  • San Diego State University
         Project: Advanced training program for adult protective services workers
  • University of California, Los Angeles
         Project: Elder abuse and neglect curriculum for dental and hygienist students

Multidisciplinary Teams

  • Area Agency on Aging Serving Napa and Solano Counties, Vallejo
         Project: Financial abuse specialist team
  • City of Long Beach
         Project: Elder abuse and neglect multidisciplinary team.
  • County of San Bernardino Arrowhead Regional Medical Center
         Project: Elder abuse multidisciplinary team
  • Elder Financial Protection Network, Novato
         Project: Financial abuse specialist team
  • Institute on Aging, San Francisco
         Project: Elder abuse and neglect multidisciplinary team
  • Riverside County Regional Medical Center
         Project: Elder self-neglect multidisciplinary assessment team

Innovative Projects

  • Council on Aging Silicon Valley, San Jose
         Project focus: Home lending protection
  • San Diego County District Attorney's Office
         Project focus: Elder abuse services in San Diego Family Justice Center
  • University of California, Irvine
         Project focus: Center of Excellence to address elder abuse
  • University of Southern California, Los Angeles
         Project focus: Elder Abuse Forensic Center
  • WISE Senior Services, Santa Monica
          Project focus: Investment fraud


  • Judicial Council of California, San Francisco
         Research focus: Assessment of court practices for abused elders.
  • University of California, Irvine
         Research focus: Analysis of adult protective services' data collection systems.

According to its press release, the Foundation has committed to invest $8 million to improve the quality and coordination of elder abuse and neglect services in the State of California. Lessons learned in Phase I will help guide and inform the next phase. A separate Request for Proposals (RFP) will be issued for Phase II in the spring of 2007.

Founded in 1986, the California-based Archstone Foundation is a private grantmaking organization whose mission is to contribute toward the preparation of society in meeting the needs of an aging population.

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2006 National Aging and Law Conference Scholarships

The National Legal Training Project/AARP Foundation is making available a limited number of scholarships to attend the 2006 Annual National Aging and Law Conference in Arlington, Virginia on April 20-23. All applicants will be considered, however, priority is being given to those who:

  • Are first-time attendees
  • Demonstrate financial need
  • Provide legal services and advocacy to older clients

Deadline: March 10, 2006
Application: http://aarpnltp.grovesite.com/page.asp?o=aarpnltp&s=NLTP&p=77295

Table of Contents

Policy & Legislation

Promising Practices Spotlight

NCEA News & Resources

On the Frontlines

Research & Scholarship

Trends & Statistics

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January 2006
Volume 8, No. 3
Sara Aravanis, Director
Susan Coombs Ficke, Contributing Writer/Editor

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