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Online Elder Abuse Training for Legal Service Providers

This interactive Web-based training program for legal aid and civil attorneys has four modules that offer a variety of information, tools, and resources to identify and respond to elder abuse, including Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault, Financial Fraud and Exploitation, Practical and Ethical Strategies, and What Lawyers Need to Know.

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Contact us with questions or if you experience technical difficulties:
Email: TTAC@ovcttac.org
Phone: 1–866–682–8822

 

How do I register?

Click here and fill out the required information to create an account in the learning management system. Once you've created an account, follow these step-by-step instructions on how to enroll in the Online Elder Abuse Training for Legal Service Providers.

How do I take a course?

Once you have created an account and enrolled in courses, log in to the learning management system to select and launch the Online Elder Abuse Training for Legal Service Providers.

What are the goals for the Online Elder Abuse Training for Legal Service Providers?

The overall goal for this interactive Web-based training program is to offer legal aid and civil attorneys a variety of information, tools, and resources to identify and respond to elder abuse.

The modules will help you:

  • Recognize signs of elder abuse, including domestic violence and sexual assault in later life
  • Identify older adults who are at risk of abuse
  • Respond to difficult ethical issues that arise with elder abuse clients
  • Identify various legal remedies available to victims of elder abuse
  • Connect victims with appropriate community resources
  • Incorporate sample policies

What is included in Online Elder Abuse Training for Legal Service Providers?

The training has four modules: Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault, Financial Fraud and Exploitation, Practical and Ethical Strategies, and What Lawyers Need to Know.

  • Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault. This module will address the definitions of domestic violence and sexual assault in later life; "red flags" of sexual assault and domestic violence, including risk factors, power and control dynamics, and indicators; establishing trust when communicating with possible victims of abuse and their families; effective ways to respond to cases of domestic violence and sexual assault, such as restraining orders and safety planning; and key considerations when recommending options to your clients.
  • Financial Fraud and Exploitation. This module explores the circumstances and risk factors that contribute to financial exploitation of older adults, as well as strategies for addressing and preventing such cases. This module can help you identify and respond to financial exploitation being experienced by older clients; help older clients avoid financial exploitation by identifying their risk factors and providing information about how they can protect themselves; determine the extent of financial exploitation that has occurred or is occurring; take legal action to try to recover your client's funds or other assets; and address collateral effects of financial exploitation on your client.
  • Practical and Ethical Strategies. This module will address the ways in which ethical issues can arise in cases of elder abuse; how the American Bar Association's Model Rules of Professional Conduct can guide your actions in ethically challenging cases; effective ways to respond to ethically challenging cases of elder abuse; and practical methods of improving your practice to more effectively accommodate older clients.
  • What Lawyers Need to Know. This module will address defining elder abuse as physical, sexual and psychological abuse, neglect, financial exploitation and abandonment; how elder abuse cases are expected to impact legal services' caseloads in the next decade; ways in which victims of elder abuse are prevented from accessing resources that could help them; how to identify indicators of abuse; and ways in which legal services attorneys can respond to cases of elder abuse.

Who should take Online Elder Abuse Training for Legal Service Providers?

Online Elder Abuse Training for Legal Service Providers is intended for legal service providers and offers a variety of information, tools and resources, from interactive client scenarios to printable resources for your office.

How long does it take to complete Online Elder Abuse Training for Legal Service Providers?

This training is designed to be completed in 4 hours and does not have to be completed in one sitting.

Who developed Online Elder Abuse Training for Legal Service Providers?

The Department of Justice's Office for Victims of Crime, in collaboration with the Access to Justice Initiative and the Elder Justice Initiative, created this free online elder abuse training for legal service providers.

What type of computer capability do I need to take Online Elder Abuse Training for Legal Service Providers?

You will need a computer that has Internet access, as Online Elder Abuse Training for Legal Service Providers is an Internet-based, online training. It can be used with a MAC or PC. We recommend using Internet Explorer version 9 or higher. Some features and functionality may not work in browsers lower than IE 9. We are unable to provide support for Internet Explorer browsers lower than IE 9. Specific hardware/software requirements include:

  • Operating System: Microsoft Windows XP SP22
  • Processor: 550 MHz or faster (1.2 GHz or faster recommended)
  • 256 MB or greater
  • Sound Card: 16-bit sound card with speakers or headphones
  • Monitor: 1024 x 768 minimum resolution (or higher recommended) with 16-bit color depth
  • Network Connection: High-speed Internet access
  • Supported browsers:
    • Internet Explorer (supported version is 9.0 and above)
    • Mozilla Firefox (supported version is 4.0 and above)
    • Safari on Mac (supported version is 5.0 and above)
    • Google Chrome (all versions)

JavaScript, Active X, and cookies must be enabled; "popup blocker" software must be disabled or programmed to accept popups.

Java 1.6.0.26 (supported version is between 1.5 and 1.6.x.x)

Flash player 10.3.181.34 (supported version is 9.0 and above)

Adobe Reader 10.1.0.0 (supported version is 8.2 and above)

If you are experiencing difficulties accessing the course, please refer to the workstation requirements.

Whom should I contact if I have questions about the material or if I'm having technical difficulty?

Contact OVC TTAC at TTAC@ovcttac.org or 1–866–OVC–TTAC (1–866–682–8822).

The Online Elder Abuse Training is the result of the knowledge and insight of many dedicated professionals within the Department of Justice's Office for Victims of Crime (OVC), Access to Justice Initiative and the Elder Justice Initiative, in collaboration with national, state and local subject matter experts from the elder abuse field. OVC's Training and Technical Assistance Center (OVC TTAC ) was honored to work with such a celebrated group of nationally known scholars and practitioners responsible for writing the training modules and serving as training development advisors.

Special thanks to the subject matter expert content writers:

  • The Michigan Elder Justice Initiative
  • Alison E. Hirschel, Director, Michigan Elder Justice Initiative
  • Sarah J. Moskow, Staff Attorney, Michigan Elder Justice Initiative
  • The National Clearinghouse on Abuse in Later Life (NCALL), a project of End Domestic Abuse Wisconsin
  • Bonnie Brandl, MSW, National Clearinghouse on Abuse in Later Life (NCALL) Director, a project of End Domestic Abuse Wisconsin
  • Linda Dawson, JD, Elder Justice Coordinator, National Clearinghouse on Abuse in Later Life (NCALL), a project of End Domestic Abuse Wisconsin

Members of the subject matter expert Elder Abuse Training Workgroup:

  • Candace J. Heisler, JD, Assistant District Attorney (Ret.), San Francisco, Heisler and Associates
  • Lillian Moy, Executive Director, Legal Aid Society of Northeastern New York
  • Lori A. Stiegel, Senior Attorney, Commission on Law & Aging, American Bar Association
  • Pamela Walz, Esq. Co-Director Aging and Disabilities Unit, Community Legal Services of Philadelphia

Members of the OVC Workgroup:

  • Shelby Jones Crawford, Victim Justice Program Specialist, Office for Victims of Crime, U.S. Department of Justice
  • Shelly L. Jackson, Ph.D., Financial Fraud and Abuse Visiting Fellow, Office for Victims of Crime, U.S. Department of Justice
  • Meg Morrow, Attorney/Advisor, Office for Victims of Crime, U.S. Department of Justice
  • Janice Green, Office on Violence Against Women, U.S. Department of Justice
  • Maha Jweied, Acting Deputy Counselor for Access to Justice, U.S. Department of Justice
  • Karen A. Lash, Acting Senior Counselor for Access to Justice, U.S. Department of Justice
  • Andy Mao, Assistant Director/Elder Justice Coordinator, Commercial Litigation Branch, Civil Division, U.S. Department of Justice
  • Diane Alexander, Regional TTA and Special Initiatives Manager, OVC TTAC
  • Billie Matelevich-Hoang, Esq., Legal Team Lead, Online Elder Abuse Training Project Lead, OVC TTAC
  • Kris Odoro, Special Initiatives Support, OVC TTAC

This online training was designed and developed by Allen Interactions in partnership with OVC.