As medicine and technology advance, the percentage of older individuals in the population is increasing. With more elders, the numbers of elder abuse and elder neglect cases are also increasing. Inaccurate perceptions surrounding aging, perpetrators, and causes of elder abuse/neglect can lead to inappropriate and ineffective responses, putting victims at higher risk of harm.
In many cases, law enforcement officers can use tools already used in domestic violence, stalking, child abuse and sexual abuse cases to interview victims and gather evidence. Ideally, participants should come to the training with knowledge of victim issues and abuser tactics and behaviors, as well as strategies and legal remedies that can be used in family violence cases. This training is designed for all certified law enforcement officers, but primarily first responders.