- Assistance through the criminal justice system
- Assistance in developing a safety plan.
- Education on domestic violence issues
- Referrals for long-term counseling
- Information on short-term counseling services and support groups
- Assistance with reparations for medical expenses and loss of wages
- Assistance with shelter referrals
- Assistance with protective orders
- Information on welfare, food stamps, housing, and other social services
Recognizing that individuals who are 50 years of age or older who are victims of elder abuse, neglect, and exploitation, including domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, or stalking, face unique barriers to receiving assistance, Congress created the Abuse in Later Life Grant Project. Administered by the Office on Violence Against Women, this grant program creates a unique opportunity for providing or enhancing training and services to address the needs of older victims in our community. Provo City Police Department has been fortunate to have been awarded an Abuse in Later Life Grant.
In 2012, an Elderly and Vulnerable Adult Coalition was formed from various agencies who are passionate about elder abuse issues.They meet regularly to identify gaps in services available to older victims of crime. Through collaboration they work to improve services to older victims. With grant funding, two training teams have attended national elder abuse training and then redelivered the valuable materials to their local colleagues. Two judges were sent to a national judicial training specific to issues facing elderly victims. A needs assessment survey was conducted with approximately 500 people responding. With the survey results, an outreach and services strategic plan is being tailored specifically to the needs of our community to improve elder victim safety, increase abuse accountability, and expand awareness around the problem of elder abuse in later life.