Enhancing Judicial Skills in Elder Abuse Cases Workshop

August 11, 2013 to August 14, 2013
Portland, Oregon
Crowne Plaza Portland Downtown Convention Center

The National Judicial Institute on Domestic Violence (NJIDV), a partnership of Futures Without Violence (formerly Family Violence Prevention Fund), the National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges, and the U.S. Department of Justice, Office on Violence Against Women, offers a four-day, hands-on, highly interactive workshop that will help new and experienced state court and tribal court judges, and judicial officers to enhance their skills and ability to respond to cases involving elder abuse, neglect and exploitation.

A judge participating in this workshop will be better able to:
  • Define elder abuse and identify common abuse tactics.
  • Describe common excuses and myths related to perpetrators’ abuse of elders.
  • Discuss the range of barriers that inhibit access to justice and safety for elders in court, and enhance physical, legal, and attitudinal accessibility for older adult victims.
  • Rule on evidentiary and legal challenges that perpetuate discrimination against, or jeopardize the safety of, aging adults who are victims of abuse.
  • Craft orders that preserve the dignity of elders, enhance victim safety, and hold perpetrators accountable.
  • Develop and promote fair practices and procedures in the court and community that address the physical, financial, and emotional protection of older adult victims.
  • Define the terms culture and cultural competence and enhance respect for the dynamics of difference in cases involving elder abuse.
  • Develop a strategy and implement a mechanism to promote continued victim safety throughout and after court proceedings.
  • Assess the potential impact of a judge’s role within the court and the larger community.


Participation is limited to 50 judges and judicial officers. Applications will be reviewed on a first-come, first-served basis. 


To apply to attend, please click here or contact Brianne Smith at (775) 784-1559 or e-mail bsmith@ncjfcj.org.

Cost & Activity Fee: There may be a nominal registration fee associated with each workshop in addition to a nominal activity fee that may be needed to cover costs which cannot be financed with OVW grant funds.  Once you have been confirmed into the workshop, the registrar will contact you regarding your payment amount and preference. Participants are responsible for their own lodging, travel arrangements, and costs. For more information on the workshop, travel, and lodging, please visit www.njidv.org, or contact the registrar.


Crowne Plaza Portland Downtown Convention Center, 1441 NE 2nd Avenue, will serve as the workshop hotel. The federal per diem rate is $113 plus tax. Please note that you are not accepted into this workshop until you have received a confirmation packet via email from the registrar. If accepted, hotel reservation information will be provided at that time.