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 Double Tree by Hilton in New Orleans, Louisiana. 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. Attendees may qualify for approximately twenty (20) continuing legal education credit hours including at least one (1) hour of ethics credit. Preference will be given to prosecutor offices participating in the OVW Enhanced Training and Services to End Violence Against and Abuse of Women Later in Life Program (or prosecutor offices which are partnered with organizations that receive such funds). All other applicants/prosecutors will be considered in the order in which they apply.
Interested prosecutors may apply to attend NIPEA by completing the survey here. Submission of an application does not guarantee a spot in the Institute; please DO NOT make travel arrangements unless and until you have been notified that you are accepted for the course. If you need assistance completing this survey, please contact Nina Reynolds at 608-237-3454 or firstname.lastname@example.org. The deadline for applications is Friday, September 29.
Please contact Ann Laatsch at email@example.com for more information about this program.
This event is sponsored by The Office on Violence Against Women, the National Clearinghouse on Abuse in Later Life, and AEquitas - The Prosecutors' Resource on Violence Against Women.