Welcome to the sixth edition of the Resource Sharing Project's ReShape e-newsletter! In this edition, we're providing you with a selection of articles and resources specific to supporting elder survivors of sexual assault and to commemorate World Elder Abuse Awareness Day on June 15, 2013.
The International Network for the Prevention of Elder Abuse created the Elder Abuse Awareness Community Guide Tool Kit, which is an excellent resource that provides ideas for creating awareness around elder abuse including sample fliers, press releases and activities among other materials. Additionally, the National Center on Elder Abuse has some great Awareness Materials to "help you, your family, or your organization make a difference in the lives of vulnerable elders." Other resources from the field related to Abuse in Later Life follow the featured articles in this edition of the ReShape.
The first article "Providing Services to People Assaulted In Care Facilities" is an original piece written by Holly Ramsey-Klawsnik, Ph.D specifically for this edition of the ReShape. The Resource Sharing Project greatly appreciates Dr. Ramsey-Klawsnik's contribution. You will see other resources related to supporting elder survivors authored by Dr. Ramsey-Klawsnik in this ReShape, including her piece "Older Victims and Practice Findings." The second article written by Bonnie Brandl and Madeline Kasper "Responding to Older Victims of Sexual Abuse: Promising Practices from OVW Abuse in Later Life Program Grantees " is also an original piece written for this edition of the ReShape. Many thanks to Ms. Brandl and to Ms. Kasper, for their contribution to this ReShape edition. The next article features the great work currently underway at the National Sexual Violence Resource Center. A special thanks to Benje Douglas for sharing their work with us in this ReShape.
Providing Services to People Assaulted In Care Facilities by Holly Ramsey-Klawsnik, Ph.D
Older Victims and Practice Findings by Holly Ramsey-Klawsnik, Ph.D
Responding to Older Victims of Sexual Abuse: Promising Practices from OVW Abuse in Later Life Program Grantees by Bonnie Brandl and Madeline Kasper
The Eldercare Locator, a public service of the U.S. Administration on Aging, is a nationwide service that connects older Americans and their caregivers with information on senior services.
ReShape: Elder Sexual Violence, The Newsletter of the Resource Sharing Project. Spring 2011.
Elderly Victims of Sexual Abuse and Their Offenders, Ann W. Burgess. December 2006. U.S. Department of Justice.
Elder Sexual Assault: Technical Assistance Manual for Older Adult Protective Services, Pennsylvania Coalition Against Rape
Safe at Any Age: Elder Sexual Abuse Awareness Curriculum, Pennsylvania Coalition Against Rape.
Elder Sexual Assault: Technical Assistance Manual for Pennsylvania's Sexual Violence Centers, Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency, Commonwealth of Pennsylvania Department of Aging, Pennsylvania Coalition Against Rape
Sexual Violence in Later Life: Information Packet, National Sexual Violence Resource Center (NSVRC)
Challenges When Investigating Elder Sexual Abuse, National Clearinghouse on Abuse in Later Life
Respecting Elders, Protecting Elders: Untangling the Mystery of What Sexual Assault Advocates Need to Know About the Mandatory Reporting of Elder Abuse, Jessica E. Mindlin, Esq. and Bonnie Brandl, MSW
Sexual Abuse in Later Life, Holly Ramsey-Klawsnick, Ph.D. and Bonnie Brandl, MSW
The Study of Sexual Abuse of Vulnerable Adults in Care Facilities, Holly Ramsey-Klawsnick, Ph.D. and Pamela B. Teaster, Ph.D.
Sexuality in Later Life, National Institute on Aging
National Adult Protective Services Association (NAPSA): NAPSA's mission is to strengthen the capacity of Adult Protective Services (APS) at the national, state, and local levels, to effectively and efficiently recognize, report, and respond to the needs of elders and adults with disabilities who are the victims of abuse, neglect, or exploitation, and to prevent such abuse whenever possible.
National Clearinghouse on Abuse in Later Life: Through advocacy and education, the National Clearinghouse on Abuse in Later Life (NCALL) works everyday to improve victim safety, increase abuser accountability, expand coordinated community response, and ultimately, put an end to abuse in later life.
National Committee for the Prevention of Elder Abuse (NCPEA): The NCPEA is an association of researchers, practitioners, educators, and advocates dedicated to protecting the safety, security, and dignity of American's most vulnerable citizens. NCPEA is a non-profit organization dedicated to the prevention of abuse and neglect of older persons and adults with disabilities.
The Clearinghouse on Abuse & Neglect of the Elderly(CANE): The Clearinghouse on Abuse and Neglect of the Elderly (CANE), located at the University of Delaware Center for Community Research and Service, is the nation's largest computerized catalog of elder abuse literature. With over 6,000 entries, you can search CANE's database to obtain references pertaining to many aspects of elder abuse and neglect, and the conditions that impact elder mistreatment.
Elder Sexual Abuse: This is a home study course by Holly Ramsey-Klawsnik.
Evidence for Violence Prevention Across the Lifespan and Around the World-A Workshop: The Institute of Medicine provides video recordings from a 2-day workshop to explore evidentiary basis for violence prevention across the lifespan.
National Institute of Justice. Elder Abuse: Elder Abuse as: Criminal Problem; Identifying; Extent of Elder Abuse; Addressing Mistreatment; Perpetrators; Financial Exploitation; Sexual Abuse; Other Web Resources; and Publications on Elder Abuse.
Where Faith and Safety Meet: Faith Communities Respond to Elder Abuse: Includes links to downloadable resources from the Toolkit, Where Faith and Safety Meet: Faith Communities and Elder Abuse.
A Walk in Our Shoes: Working with Older Survivors of Abuse (2011): The purpose of the video and discussion guide is to encourage critical thinking and conversation about direct services and outreach designed to meet the unique needs of victims of abuse in later life.
Speaking the unspeakable: An interview about elder sexual abuse with Holly Ramsey-Klawsnick : National Committee for the Prevention of Elder Abuse.