Practitioner Resources

Practitioner Resources provide information to practitioners who handle elder abuse, neglect and financial exploitation cases and who respond to the needs of abuse victims. These resources include training materials for civil legal services attorneys, law enforcement, judges, nurses, and medical examiners. If you are aware of other helpful materials, please let us know or forward such materials to


Online Elder Abuse Training for Legal Service Providers
This free online elder abuse curriculum for legal aid and other civil attorneys offers an interactive approach and provides basic information on identifying and addressing the needs of older clients who may be experiencing abuse. The first three modules in this series covers What Every Legal Services Lawyer Needs to Know About Elder Abuse, Practical and Ethical Strategies, and Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault. The training uses a variety of tools and resources, from interactive client scenarios to printable materials. The online training can be accessed at


Responding to Elder Abuse: What Community Corrections Should Know (DVD)
The video provides community corrections professionals with the information they need to help identify and respond to elder abuse, neglect, or exploitation they may encounter in their work with offenders. It includes basic information about what to consider when placing offenders in residential situations, communicating effectively with older victims, following mandatory reporting laws, and working collaboratively with other organizations.


Responding to Elder Abuse: What Judges and Court Personnel Should Know (DVD)
The video highlights critical issues for judges and court personnel to consider when they encounter abused, neglected, and exploited older persons participating in the judicial system. The video illustrates what judges may face in these situations, offers recommendations focused on the special needs of older abuse victims, and highlights examples of successful court-based elder abuse initiatives.


Responding to Elder Abuse: What Law Enforcement Should Know (DVD)
The video describes what law enforcement officers can do when they encounter elder abuse, neglect, or exploitation in residences, nursing homes, or other long-term care facilities. It includes basic information about locating appropriate referral resources for intervention and support for the older abuse victim, following mandatory reporting laws, and working collaboratively with other organizations.


Factors That Impact the Determination by Medical Examiners of Elder Mistreatment as a Cause of Death in Older People (Final Report)
With medical examiners rarely considering elder mistreatment (EM) as a cause of death due to the possible lack of research and evidence to support this determination, this study was undertaken to begin to develop primary data and a literature base on the forensics of elder mistreatment. The report can be found at


Nursing Response to Elder Mistreatment Curriculum
Developed by the International Association of Forensic Nurses and funded by OVC, the goal of this course is to help nurses acquire essential knowledge and skills to appropriately respond to elder mistreatment. The curriculum can be found at


In Their Own Words: Domestic Abuse in Later Life
This two-DVD package and training guide uses the voices of older victims to facilitate a dialogue among a range of professionals about the dynamics of abuse, the barriers these victims have to overcome to live free from abuse, and interventions and potential collaborations that may be effective in such cases. A trainer's guide, which accompanies these DVDs, provides background on the victims and discussion questions targeted at a variety of professional audiences. See


Elder Abuse Fatality Review Teams: A Replication Manual
Developed by the American Bar Association and funded by OVC, this publication provides guidance to communities interested in establishing similar teams. Elder abuse fatality review teams review deaths caused by or related to elder abuse and can improve the response of community agencies to elder abuse victims. See


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Updated October 20, 2015