Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Participate: Survey on abuse in later life

Elder abuse is a real and tragic, and often hidden, problem in DC.   For every one elder abuse case that comes to the attention of people who can help and intervene, 14 senior victims are thought to suffer in silence, according to the National Research Council.

One step in solving the problem is gathering information and that's where you come in.   DC TROV (see below for deets) is surveying senior and service provider communities to assess the needs of the elderly population and orient the project.   The survey is online.

Seniors are also being surveyed. Paper surveys are available via email, and the online senior survey is here.

Direct questions about the project or the survey via email,

Background on DC TROV from partner AARP:

In January of this year, a joint effort was launched by the Network for Victim Recovery of DC, Adult Protective Services, the Metropolitan Police Department, Legal Counsel for the Elderly, the US Attorney's Office for the District of Columbia, and the DC Coalition Against Domestic Violence, called DC TROV - The District's Collaborative Training & Response for Older Victims.

DC TROV seeks to increase the ability of governmental agencies, victim assistants, law enforcement personnel, prosecutors, and local courts to recognize, assist, investigate, and prosecute elder abuse and is supported through a three-year grant from the Office Against Violence on Women at the U.S. Department of Justice.

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