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Polyvictimization in Later Life

Polyvictimization in Later Life is a 6-hour web-based training presented in five modules. The purpose of the training is to strengthen awareness of polyvictimization in later life and to provide knowledge and skills of professionals to address the needs of victims. The training addresses the context of polyvictimization; victims and perpetrators of polyvictimization; best practices to work with older adults affected by polyvictimization using trauma-informed, ethical, and culturally appropriate practices; and the latest research and best practices to serve this population.

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This module includes three chapters:

  1. Introduction, Justification of Abuse, and Definition
  2. Theoretical Constructs and Explanatory Frameworks
  3. Relation to Polyvictimization of Other Age Groups

After completing this module, you should be able to:

  • Demonstrate an understanding of polyvictimization in later life in the context of elder abuse.
  • Provide a definition of polyvictimization in later life.
  • List three frameworks for conceptualizing polyvictimization in later life.
  • Explain two differences between polyvictimization at younger ages and polyvictimization in later life.

Estimated Time to Complete Module: 40 minutes

Listen/View Module

This module includes three chapters:

  1. Research and Practice Findings
  2. The Contexts of Late Life polyvictimization
  3. Impact on Victims

After completing this module, you should be able to:

  • Describe the frequency of polyvictimization.
  • Describe the difference between financial exploitation and hybrid exploitation.
  • Discuss the correlation between intimate partner violence and age.
  • Discuss the co-occurrence of multiple forms of abuse.
  • Describe the ways polyvictimization can impact individuals in later life.

Estimated Time to Complete Module: 1 hour, 14 minutes

Listen/View Module

This module includes three chapters:

  1. Characteristics of Perpetrators of Late Life Polyvictimization
  2. Relationship Between Perpetrators of Polyvictimization and Older Victims
  3. Consequences for Perpetrators of Late Life Polyvictimization

After completing this module, you should be able to:

  • Identify known common background characteristics of perpetrators of polyvictimization.
  • Describe the dynamics of family and non-family relationships between perpetrators and older adult victims of polyvictimization.
  • Discuss potential consequences for perpetrators of elder polyvictimization

Estimated Time to Complete Module: 1 hour, 22 minutes

Listen/View Module

This module includes three chapters:

1. Trauma-Informed Response to Late Life Polyvictimization
2. Delivering Culturally Appropriate Services
3. Ethical Issues Affecting Practice and Service Delivery

After completing this module, you should be able to:

  • Describe three components of trauma-informed response to older adults who have experienced polyvictimization.
  • Define cultural and spiritual competence.
  • Explain the importance of cultural considerations in providing victim services.
  • Identify three ethical principles to apply when working with older victims of polyvictimization.

Estimated Time to Complete Module: 1 hour, 22 minutes

Listen/View Module

This module includes two chapters:

  1. Summary of the Findings and Their Implications from the Polyvictimization in Later Life Project
  2. Moving Forward: Recommendations for Advancing Late Life Polyvictimization Practice, Policy, and Research

After completing this module, you should be able to:

  • List one finding regarding victims, perpetrators, and response to victims of polyvictimization in later life.
  • Describe at least one implication for each of the findings listed in the first learning objective.
  • Discuss at least one practice, policy, and research recommendation to advance the understanding of and response to polyvictimization in later life.

Estimated Time to Complete Module: 1 hour, 12 minutes



Who should take Polyvictimization in Later Life?

Polyvictimization in Later Life is intended for victim service providers and allied professionals who serve victims of elder abuse.

How do I register?

No registration is required to take this training.

How do I take a course?

Simply select the module you wish to take from the Get Started tab.

How do I earn a certificate of completion for each module?

In order to earn a certificate of completion, you must view every screen in the module. You may close the module and revisit it, but you must take the module at the same computer and use the same browser for your progress to be saved. Please be sure to print and/or save your certificate for each module.

What type of computer capability do I need to take Polyvictimization in Later Life?

You will need a computer that has Internet access, as Polyvictimization in Later Life 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 11.0 and above)
    • Mozilla Firefox (supported version is 5.0 and above)
    • Safari on Mac (supported version is 5.0 and above)
    • Google Chrome (supported version is 5.0 and above)
  • 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)
  • Adobe Reader 10.1.0.0 (supported version is 8.2 and above)

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 Polyvictimization in Later Life Project is supported by Award Number 2012-VF-GX-KO14 to the National Committee for the Prevention of Elder Abuse (NCPEA) from the Office for Victims of Crime, Office of Justice Programs, U.S. Department of Justice.

The National Committee for the Prevention of Elder Abuse gratefully acknowledges contributions from:

  • Terra Nova Films and Jim Vanden Bosch.
  • Georgia Anetzberger, Ph.D., ACSW, LISW, Cleveland State University; and Department of Medicine at Case Western Reserve University.
  • Erin Miller, MPS, MDV, CTSS, CASAC-T; Coordinator, Domestic Violence/Sexual Assault Program, Newton-Wellesley Hospital, MA.
  • Beth Rosenthal, MS, Principal, Collaboration and Change LLC.
  • Dan Sheridan, Ph.D., R.N., Johns Hopkins University School of Nursing.
  • Late Life Polyvictimization Forum participants who shared perspectives regarding multi-faceted elder abuse cases, with special thanks to those who contributed to this curriculum through their videotaped statements that are included throughout.
  • The California District Attorneys' Association for permitting us to use video clips from its 2003 video, Elder Physical and Sexual Abuse: The Medical Piece.
  • The seven national partner organizations participating in this project: International Association of Forensic Nurses, Justice Solutions, the National Adult Protective Services Association, the National Association of Area Agencies on Aging (n4a), the National Center on Elder Abuse, the National Family Justice Center Alliance, and the National Sexual Violence Resource Center. All illustrative cases in this curriculum are real situations of polyvictimization that have come to professional attention. In some, victims discussed their experiences in professional training videos and granted informed consent for their image and stories to be used. Other cases come from published articles in which authors ethically used cases by concealing the identity of involved persons and deleting identifying information. We express deep gratitude to these victims whose stories enrich this curriculum.

We would particularly like to acknowledge the Project Core Team and Curriculum Authors:

  • Holly Ramsey-Klawsnik, PhD
  • Candace Heisler, JD
  • Trudy Gregorie
  • Kathleen Quinn
  • Karen A. Roberto, PhD
  • Pamela B. Teaster, PhD

All materials produced as part of this project do not constitute legal advice, clinical guidance, or professional recommendations regarding how any specific allegation or case of elder abuse should be handled. The content is not intended to guide or recommend responses to individual matters which must be addressed in accordance with local laws, jurisdictional procedures, standards of practice, and sound professional judgment, along with careful consideration of the facts of the specific case or problem. If there are concerns about specific cases or matters, consultation with legal, clinical, and/or other experts may be needed.

The opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this project and its communications are those of the contributors, and do not necessarily reflect the official position or policies of the U.S. Department of Justice.