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Elder Abuse: In Her Own Words. Bonnie Brandl Janice Green Bonnie Hill Nanci Newton. Introductions. Name Where you work Your age How you feel about being your age. Ricky Mountain News, 4/16/07. Relationship Between Elder Abuse and Domestic Violence. Elder Abuse.

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Elder Abuse: In Her Own Words

Bonnie Brandl

Janice Green

Bonnie Hill

Nanci Newton

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  • Name

  • Where you work

  • Your age

  • How you feel about being your age

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Relationship Between

Elder Abuse and Domestic Violence



Domestic Violence

Elder Domestic Violence




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What is Elder Abuse?

When an older adult experiences:

  • Physical abuse

  • Neglect

  • Sexual abuse and Stalking

  • Financial exploitation

  • Emotional abuse

    (Any of the above may co-occur with each other)

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Who are Victims of Elder Abuse?

  • Persons aged over 60 or 65+

  • Primarily females and some older males

  • All racial, ethnic, socio-economic, and religious backgrounds

  • Does not include vulnerable or at-risk adults age 18 - 59

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Who Commits Elder Abuse?

  • Intimate partners (long-term, new, or late onset)

    -- Occurs in heterosexual/gay/lesbian relationships

    -- Includes dating relationships

  • Adult children and other family members

  • Caregivers

  • Others in positions of authority

This definition excludes victimization by strangers.

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Where Does Elder Abuse Occur?

  • Private residences within community

  • Facility settings (4.5 %)

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How Are Older People Harmed?

  • Accidents

  • Well-intended caregivers

  • Contact with persons with physical or mental health conditions that manifest in aggressive behavior

  • Elder abuse

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Why Does Elder Abuse Occur & Persist?

  • Greed

    • Goal is financial exploitation

    • Offender often committing other types of abuse

  • Power and control

    • As in domestic violence

    • Pattern of abusive and coercive behaviors and threats used to control victim

    • Actual and assumed power is used

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Comings and Goings

  • You are an older victim of abuse

  • Listen to scenes and choose if you want to remain at home or leave

  • Leaving costs green and/or yellow cards

  • Pay when the bell rings

  • If out of cards needed, must return home

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Stalking Facts: Later Life

  • Older adults are almost as likely to be stalked as younger individuals

  • Females age 55 or older are more likely than males to be stalked

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Stalking Facts: Later Life

  • Often, stalker is someone who the older adult victim knows

  • Stalking in later life is often part of domestic violence (JEAN)

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Working with Miss Mary

Nanci Newton


USF Advocacy Program

University of South Florida

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Responding to Older Victims

  • Consider how definitions exclude

  • Consider how services exclude

  • Who are collaborative partners

  • Who are volunteers, staff, board

  • How are older individuals involved

  • Consider role of ageism

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  • National Center on Elder Abuse


  • National Clearinghouse on Abuse in Later Life

  • State APS

  • Area Agency on Aging (AAA)

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OVW Training Grants Program

  • History of program

  • Focus on elder abuse

  • 10 communities

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OVW Training Grants Program

  • 2-day law enforcement training

  • Prosecutors’ training

  • Judges training

  • Systems change

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OVW Training Grants Program

  • Direct services

  • Training/cross training for advocates, elder abuse workers, aging network etc.

  • CCRs on elder abuse


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NCALL, a project of WCADV

  • www.ncall.us

  • bonnieb@wcadv.org

  • (608) 255-0539