Elder Abuse Project
Contracting Agency: Office for Victims of Crime

The Office for Victims of Crime (OVC) awarded a $200,000, 18-month Cooperative Agreement to the American Probation and Parole Association. The project was conducted in collaboration with Justice Solutions and the American Bar Association Commission on Law and Aging and developed a training curriculum to provide probation and parole officers with knowledge and skills to identify and respond to elder abuse victims. Abuse is a significant problem for America’s growing older population. Probation and parole officers may identify elder abuse in families of offenders on their caseloads and be able to intervene proactively for the benefit of these elderly.

This three-phase project first conducted a training analysis through a survey of the field, review of current literature, and examination of existing curricula. In Phase 2, the training curriculum developed and accredited. The curriculum was then pilot tested in four one-day training programs during Phase 3. APPA also introduced a resolution on elder abuse for adoption by its membership.