NCJFCJ Recognizes June 15 as World Elder Abuse Awareness Day

June 12, 2015

Millions of elder abuse victims’ and survivors’ voices remain unheard or unanswered. Elder abuse, or abuse in later life, is physical, sexual, or psychological abuse, neglect, abandonment, or financial exploitation of an older person within a relationship where there is an expectation of trust and/or when an older person is targeted based on age or disability.  
 
The National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges (NCJFCJ) invites you to join us on June 15 in our ongoing efforts to end the abuse and make sure victims are heard. Judges should be concerned about elder abuse as reported cases are increasing and by 2030 there will be more persons above the age of 65 than under the age of 18. The courts will continue to see more cases of elder abuse in the coming years.
 
Elder abuse cases are complex and need professionals to identify solutions. Multi-disciplinary collaborations can prove most effective because of the increased array of resources, coordination of efforts, and shared knowledge of the professionals. Judges should consider promoting the creation of such teams in their communities.
 
For its part in addressing elder abuse, the NCJFCJ and its partners, Futures Without Violence and the National Clearinghouse on Abuse in Later Life, provide training and technical assistance to ensure that the judiciary is better able to identify and respond to cases involving violence against older individuals. The next workshop will be held August 23 to 26 in Atlanta, Georgia. Learn more and register at www.njidv.org.   
 
The National Center on Elder Abuse has activities on its website for raising awareness, which include attending or organizing a World Day event, visiting an older neighbor who lives alone, volunteering for a program that benefits seniors, or organizing a fundraiser to support a local abuse prevention initiative.
 
For additional links to resources about what others are doing and what you can do to recognize this year’s World Elder Abuse Awareness Day, please visit: http://www.ncea.aoa.gov/.
 
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