Webinar: Elder Abuse

Webinar: ELDER ABUSE – Don’t Go it Alone: Victim Services Providers and Faith Leaders Working Together to Promote Respect and Justice for Older Victims of Abuse

Date: Wednesday, December 14, 2016

Time: 12:00 PM (EST)/11:00 AM (CST)/10:00 AM (MST)/9:00 PM (PST)

Duration: 60 minutes

Presented by:  The National Clearinghouse on Abuse in Later Life (NCALL) and Safe Havens Interfaith Partnership on Domestic Violence and Elder Abuse (Safe Havens).

presentationOverview: Religious affiliation is the most common form of organizational participation among older adults, with 50% reporting attending services weekly. Research indicates that these faith-affiliated older adults are likely to reach out to their faith communities for support if they experience abuse. Yet, too often faith leaders are not trained to respond to abuse in later life. At the same time, many victim service providers and other professionals are not trained to respond appropriately to the needs of faith-involved older victims. During this webinar, we will explore how faith can be both a barrier and a resource for older victims and how partnerships between service providers and faith leaders can strengthen wellbeing and support for older victims of abuse. We will also discuss resources and available training that could help you enhance the quality of life of older victims in your community who are faith-involved.

About the presenter: Anne Marie Hunter is an ordained United Methodist pastor. She received her Master of Divinity from Harvard University in 1986 and a PhD in Religion and Society from Drew University in 1991. While attending Harvard and Drew, Anne Marie worked for domestic violence service providers in Massachusetts and New Jersey.  In 1991, Anne Marie linked her pastoral, seminary, and domestic violence services experience and founded Safe Havens Interfaith Partnership Against Domestic Violence. Bonnie Brandl is the founder and director of the National Clearinghouse on Abuse in Later Life (NCALL), a project of the End Domestic Abuse Wisconsin. Brandl worked in two domestic violence programs and volunteered at a rape crisis center before joining End Domestic Abuse Wisconsin more than 25 years ago. She has written national curricula for law enforcement, prosecutors, and victim service providers on elder abuse and facilitated trainings for thousands of professionals throughout the United States. She co-authored a book titled “Elder Abuse Detection and Intervention: A Collaborative Approach.”  Brandl has a Masters in Social Work from the University of Wisconsin – Madison.

Who should enroll: Faith leaders, victim service providers and advocates and other professionals who work with older victims of abuse and concerned community members

Registration: Registration for this webinar is open now and will conclude on Monday, December 12, 2016. Registration information can be found at: https://ta2ta.org/ ncallfaithandabuse

Questions: Please contact Ann Turner, NCALL Elder Victim Services & Advocacy Coordinator at aturner@ncall.us , 715-483-2521