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.