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Elder Abuse and
Domestic Violence in
Later Life:
Innovative New Resources for the Community
Lisa Furr, MA and Adrienne Joh...
the issues of domestic violence in later life (DVLL) and elder
abuse and their prevalence
the importance of the faith-base...
WHAT IS ELDER ABUSE?
Abuse, Neglect,
and/or
Exploitation of
an Elder or
Vulnerable
Adult
Includes
Self-
Neglect
Age 60
and...
The Interrelationship between
Domestic Violence and Elder Abuse
Domestic
Violence
Abuse in
Later Life
Elder
Abuse
Created ...
Domestic
Violence in
the
Second
Half of Life
A pattern of
coercive control
and abuse of an
older person in a
trusted, ongo...
• Women and men aged 50
and over who experience
DV are underserved
(older women often don’t
show up at shelters or DV
prog...
Family Abuse in
Later Life
PsychologicalAbusePsychologicalAbuse
Psychological Abuse Psychological Abuse
Threatens
Targets
...
Who Abuses?
Intimate
Partners
Caregivers
Adult
Children and
other Family
members
Others in
position of trust
and authority
If a battered woman asks me
whether she should talk to her
faith leader or not, I usually say
“no” –
if she has to ask, th...
Faith-based Community
As People of Faith, we are called to
create healthy individuals, relationships,
families and communi...
• Web Interfaces
• Resource Directory
• Community Outreach
SeniorNavigator
Snapshot
www.virginianavigator.org
Take
Back
Your Life
Project
PROJECT LEADERSHIP
PARTNERS:
SeniorNavigator
and the
Virginia Center on Aging
ADVISORY PARTNER...
Take Back
Your Life
Project
GOALS
To create a
community-
created,
informative and
confidential
online “Solution
Center”
To...
Take
Back
Your Life
NAME
Hope!
People who
are entrapped
in cycle of
abuse can, and
will, take back
their lives
Reject
lang...
Support for Someone Experiencing
Abuse
Agencies
Trusted
Community
Resources
Friends and
Family
Individual
Community Involvement
FOCUS GROUPS
- Six focus groups, including one for
service providers
- Held in five locations
- Repr...
Focus group feedback –
“Top Ten”
Shame/stigma
associated with DV
Not wanting to leave
home and/or
community
Lack of inform...
Take Back Your Life (TBYL) Solution Center
Demo
http://www.virginianavigator.org/tbyl/
www.seniornavigator.org or
www.virg...
Resources for the Community
Training on
TBYL: DVLL
Solution
Center
Faith-based
organization
training
Brochure
distribution...
Resources for the Community:
Logo Link
http://www.virginianavigator.org/vn/DetailSN.aspx?contentId=1022&.f=0
Resources for the Community:
Clings
National Level Review
Resources
• NCALL - National Coalition On Abuse in Later Life-
Wisconsin State coalition
• www.ncall.us
Resources
• Faith Trust Institute http://www.faithtrustinstitute.org/
Resources
• Safe Havens Interfaith Partnership against Domestic Violence
• http://www.interfaithpartners.org
Resources
• Virginia Adult Protective Services APS
• To report suspected financial exploitation or other kinds of
abuse to...
• SeniorNavigator:
• www.seniornav.org/tbyl (Direct Link)
• 1-866-393-0957 Toll-free
• 1-804-525-7728 (Metro Richmond)
• J...
RECORDED
WEBINAR
featuring Dr. Paula Kupstas
and Lisa Furr, MA
www.alzpossible.org/wordpress-
3.1.4/wordpress/webinars-2/e...
Contact info:
Adrienne Johnson
adrienne@seniornavigator.org
804.525.7735
Lisa G. Furr
furrl@vcu.edu
804.828.1525
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TAKE BACK YOUR LIFE Project

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TAKE BACK YOUR LIFE Project

  1. 1. Elder Abuse and Domestic Violence in Later Life: Innovative New Resources for the Community Lisa Furr, MA and Adrienne Johnson, MS
  2. 2. the issues of domestic violence in later life (DVLL) and elder abuse and their prevalence the importance of the faith-based community’s response the history and goals of the Take Back Your Life project the features of the Take Back Your Life: DVLL Solution Center how to utilize the Solution Center and its resources in your community what is happening nationally around these issues OBJECTIVES
  3. 3. WHAT IS ELDER ABUSE? Abuse, Neglect, and/or Exploitation of an Elder or Vulnerable Adult Includes Self- Neglect Age 60 and Older These cases may be handled by Adult Protective Services (APS)
  4. 4. The Interrelationship between Domestic Violence and Elder Abuse Domestic Violence Abuse in Later Life Elder Abuse Created by National Clearinghouse on Abuse in Later Life, a project of the Wisconsin Coalition against Domestic Violence
  5. 5. Domestic Violence in the Second Half of Life A pattern of coercive control and abuse of an older person in a trusted, ongoing relationship Primarily women, but includes older men Basis is “power and control”- Age 50 and Older
  6. 6. • Women and men aged 50 and over who experience DV are underserved (older women often don’t show up at shelters or DV programs)…so even experts believed that violence dropped off as people age • To the contrary, Moulton et. al. (2004) reported that physical and verbal abuse is occurring at rates similar to or higher than those for younger women • 3.7 per 1,000 older women reported becoming new victims of verbal abuse • 2007 VSDV Alliance reported that 19% of the adults served by DV programs in VA were age 45-64, 1% over 65 (total=20%) www.dss.virginia.gov/files/about/reports/adults/adult_services_annual/sfy_2012_Annual_Report.pdf
  7. 7. Family Abuse in Later Life PsychologicalAbusePsychologicalAbuse Psychological Abuse Psychological Abuse Threatens Targets vulnerabilities and neglects Financially exploits Uses privilege Isolates Uses family members Ridicules personal and cultural values Denies access to spiritual traditions/eventsPOWER and CONTROL Created by the National Clearinghouse on Abuse in Later Life (NCALL) www.ncall.us www.wcadv.org This diagram adapted from the Power and Control/Equality wheels developed by the Domestic Abuse Intervention Project, Duluth, MN
  8. 8. Who Abuses? Intimate Partners Caregivers Adult Children and other Family members Others in position of trust and authority
  9. 9. If a battered woman asks me whether she should talk to her faith leader or not, I usually say “no” – if she has to ask, then I doubt that it is safe to go to that person. I still have faith leaders say to me, “but no one ever comes to me with this problem.” CONCLUSION: we don’t have domestic violence in our faith community. FURTHER CONCLUSION: I don’t need to be trained to deal with a problem we don’t have. Rev. Dr. Marie Fortune: Founder and Senior Analyst
  10. 10. Faith-based Community As People of Faith, we are called to create healthy individuals, relationships, families and communities. We create a more Healthy World.
  11. 11. • Web Interfaces • Resource Directory • Community Outreach SeniorNavigator Snapshot www.virginianavigator.org
  12. 12. Take Back Your Life Project PROJECT LEADERSHIP PARTNERS: SeniorNavigator and the Virginia Center on Aging ADVISORY PARTNERS: Virginia Sexual and Domestic Violence Action Alliance and The James House FUNDING: Cameron Foundation and the Verizon Foundation (2009-2010)
  13. 13. Take Back Your Life Project GOALS To create a community- created, informative and confidential online “Solution Center” To raise awareness about domestic violence in later life To help faith and community leaders to respond to and assist people in abusive situations To equip “trusted community resources” with information To expand the resource statewide!
  14. 14. Take Back Your Life NAME Hope! People who are entrapped in cycle of abuse can, and will, take back their lives Reject language rooted in “victimology” Nourish the spirit, reclaim and celebrate true person There is more to life than outer shell, DVLL
  15. 15. Support for Someone Experiencing Abuse Agencies Trusted Community Resources Friends and Family Individual
  16. 16. Community Involvement FOCUS GROUPS - Six focus groups, including one for service providers - Held in five locations - Representation from every city and county across the Cameron region FOCUS GROUP PARTICIPANTS 28 focus group participants “TOP TEN” helped create solution center COMMUNITY PARTNER MEETINGS (3) 38 attendees representing 25 community organizations and agencies FAITH-BASED TRAINING 22 participants ONGOING TRAINING Incorporated into all SN trainings
  17. 17. Focus group feedback – “Top Ten” Shame/stigma associated with DV Not wanting to leave home and/or community Lack of information or forum: DVLL What if I have the courage to ask for help, but I am denied resources? Don’t know where to go Financial barriers Don’t want to ask for help Family issues Child as caregiver Resources for addressing caregiver stress
  18. 18. Take Back Your Life (TBYL) Solution Center Demo http://www.virginianavigator.org/tbyl/ www.seniornavigator.org or www.virginianavigator.org or www.disAbilityNavigator.org
  19. 19. Resources for the Community Training on TBYL: DVLL Solution Center Faith-based organization training Brochure distribution www.seniornav. org/TBYL
  20. 20. Resources for the Community: Logo Link http://www.virginianavigator.org/vn/DetailSN.aspx?contentId=1022&.f=0
  21. 21. Resources for the Community: Clings
  22. 22. National Level Review
  23. 23. Resources • NCALL - National Coalition On Abuse in Later Life- Wisconsin State coalition • www.ncall.us
  24. 24. Resources • Faith Trust Institute http://www.faithtrustinstitute.org/
  25. 25. Resources • Safe Havens Interfaith Partnership against Domestic Violence • http://www.interfaithpartners.org
  26. 26. Resources • Virginia Adult Protective Services APS • To report suspected financial exploitation or other kinds of abuse to the elderly or adults with a disability, call your local DSS or the Virginia Department of Social Services' 24-hour, toll-free Adult Protective Services hotline at: 1(888) 832-3858. http://www.dss.virginia.gov/family/as/aps.cgi
  27. 27. • SeniorNavigator: • www.seniornav.org/tbyl (Direct Link) • 1-866-393-0957 Toll-free • 1-804-525-7728 (Metro Richmond) • JOIN US: • List your programs in the database • Provide feedback on the TBYL: DVLL Solution Center • Find a Navigator Center near you • Book a presentation or invite us to your community event!
  28. 28. RECORDED WEBINAR featuring Dr. Paula Kupstas and Lisa Furr, MA www.alzpossible.org/wordpress- 3.1.4/wordpress/webinars-2/elder-abuse-neglect-and- exploitation/ Webinar recording and slides available at: MORE ON THE TOPIC OF ELDER ABUSE and TECHNICAL ASSISTANCE/ TRAINING STATEWIDE Call Lisa G. Furr furrl@vcu.edu | 804.828.1525 TECHNICAL ASSISTANCE/ TRAINING STATEWIDE
  29. 29. Contact info: Adrienne Johnson adrienne@seniornavigator.org 804.525.7735 Lisa G. Furr furrl@vcu.edu 804.828.1525

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