National Institute on the Prosecution of Elder Abuse

Studies reveal that a significant number of elder abuse cases go unreported, with fewer than 5% disclosed (Lifespan of Greater Rochester, 2011). Furthermore, a significant number of reported cases do not progress through the criminal justice system due to a lack of familiarity with effective investigation and prosecution strategies (Brandl et al., 2007). As a result, it is crucial that prosecutors be properly trained and prepared to collaborate across disciplines to increase victim identification and safety, and ultimately hold more offenders accountable.

The National Institute on the Prosecution of Elder Abuse (NIPEA) is a three-and-one-half-day course designed to challenge prosecutors to reevaluate their approach to prosecuting elder abuse cases. Participants receive training on the dynamics of elder abuse as well as practical skills to successfully prosecute these cases. NIPEA explores the complex issues faced by prosecutors -- balancing offender accountability with the impact of criminal prosecution on victims. In addition to case evaluation and litigation skills, the curriculum examines the benefits of developing a coordinated, victim-centered community response; explains common injuries and relevant medical evidence, providing guidance on the use of medical experts; explores ethical issues confronted by prosecutors; addresses the development and improvement of culturally-specific victim services; and offers prosecutors the ability to redefine outcomes and the very nature of justice in elder abuse cases.

NIPEA will take place at The Drury Inn and Suites in West Des Moines, IA. Fifty-four (54) slots are available, as are limited scholarships to help defray travel and hotel expenses. There is no tuition fee for the institute itself. Attendees qualify for approximately twenty (20) continuing legal education credit hours including at least one (1) hour of ethics credit.

Interested prosecutors may apply to attend NIPEA by completing the survey here. This program is pending final approval from OVW. Please do not make travel arrangements until you have received a confirmation packet from the registrar. If you need assistance completing this survey, please contact Nina Reynolds at 608-237-3454 or

Participant comments from past institutes highlight the practical value and outstanding quality of this program:

  • "This has been the best training/series of trainings. Inspiring, substantive, well organized. I feel so grateful to be exposed to it. Thank you for doing these trainings. Amazing."
  • "Fantastic training. [ . . . ] Already motivated to go home and dig in!”
  • “Good job with case studies. Very practical. As a former educator, I recognize and appreciate the variety of teaching strategies you used.”

Please contact Ann Laatsch at for more information about this program.

West Des Moines, IA
United States
Date & Time:
Tuesday, August 8, 2017 - 9:00am ET
Updated July 10, 2017