Our Abuse in Later Life Program tackles the issue of abuse of adults 50 and older by bringing together professionals from such diverse fields as law enforcement, victim advocacy, social services, the faith community, criminal justice, housing, health care, aging services, and more. By working collaboratively, we can put the pieces together to see and address the whole story--the whole person--the whole system and to improve the lives of victims of abuse in later life. Since 2007, we have trained more than 3,000 professionals throughout Virginia and across the nation in recognizing and responding to such abuse.
For an introduction to the issue of abuse in later life, view this video, featuring our Program Director, Paula Kupstas, Ph.D. Video is courtesy of Henrico Public Relations and Media Services. The video is also at this link.
Click here for a copy of our program brochure.
Our grant-funded initiatives include:
The Central Virginia Task Force on Domestic Violence in Later Life is a multi-disciplinary local partnership of organizations working since 1998 to raise awareness and improve the community response to women aged 50 and older who experience domestic, sexual, or family violence. We accomplish our work through quarterly, multi-disciplinary meetings which always include a professional development component; an annual cross-disciplinary training; workshops and trainings; and by providing technical assistance to agencies in developing best practices to address abuse in later life.
In September 2014, the Task Force's Domestic Violence in Later Life project was among six Violence Against Women Act funded programs from Virginia recognized in the White House report, 1 is 2 Many: Twenty Years Fighting Violence Against Women and Girls. Click here to link to the report.
The Virginia Elder Justice Training and Services Project addresses issues of abuse in later life in Washington County and the City of Bristol. Eighteen local and statewide agencies joined in partnership to focus on enhancing the safety of victims aged 50 and older and holding offenders accountable.
This project provides:
- day-long trainings for criminal justice professionals, victim advocates, and governmental agency staff, with a nationally developed curriculum
- a community needs assessment
- a formal structure to strengthen collaboration across and within the organizations that serve older victims in the community
- additional opportunities for prosecutors and judges to participate in national trainings on abuse in later life
- the creation of new services in the community for victims of abuse in later life
Click here to learn more about this project.
The Domestic Violence in Later Life Solution Center is a web page focused on providing resources to help empower individuals concerned with domestic violence in later life. The Virginia Center on Aging partnered with Senior Navigator on the development of this solution center and provided training to faith community leaders on domestic violence in later life. The Domestic Violence in Later Life Solution Center was made possible through generous grants from The Cameron Foundation and The Verizon Foundation.
Click here to go to the Domestic Violence in Later Life Solution Center.
Lisa Furr, formerly of VCoA, and Adrienne Johnson of Senior Navigator presented on the topic, and Dr. E. Ayn Welleford of the Virginia Commission on Alzheimer's Disease and Related Disorders/Virginia Commonwealth University moderated this discussion on August 27, 2013. (When you click on the webinar name above, please scroll down to the bottom of the page for the recording and PowerPoint.)
Dr. Paula Kupstas and Lisa Furr of VCoA presented on the topic, and Dr. E. Ayn Welleford of the Virginia Commission on Alzheimer's Disease and Related Disorders/Virginia Commonwealth University, moderated this discussion on May 11, 2011. (When you click on the webinar name above, please scroll down to the bottom of the page for the recording and PowerPoint.)
The Central Virginia Training Alliance to Stop Elder Abuse, Neglect and Exploitation was activated in 2006 and built upon the collaborative work of the Central Virginia Task Force on Domestic Violence in Later Life. In 2006, the Training Alliance was one of ten grantees nationwide to be awarded a three-year pilot grant to train criminal justice professionals. In October 2008, the Training Alliance was awarded two years of continuation funding for additional activities. With the project completed, collaborators can continue to engage in this work through the Central Virginia Task Force on Domestic Violence in Later Life.