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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.

Module 1: The Context of Polyvictimization

Length: 40 minutes

Summary: 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

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Module 2: Older Adults Affected by Polyvictimization

Length: 1 hour, 14 minutes

Summary: 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

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Module 3: Perpetrators of Late Life Polyvictimization

Length: 1 hour, 22 minutes

Summary:

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

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Module 4: Working With Older Adults Affected by Polyvictimization

Length: 1 hour, 22 minutes

Summary: 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

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Module 5: Lessons Learned from the Polyvictimization in Later Life Project

Length: 1 hour, 12 minutes

Summary: 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

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