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Only 9 days before the start of DVAM 2019...

World Elder Abuse Awareness Day 2018:

 

Honoring Our Elders

 

By Breckan Erdman, Program Specialist for the National Resource Center on Domestic Violence

WEAAD 2018June 15 marks World Elder Abuse Awareness Day (WEAAD), a time to honor survivors of elder abuse and raise awareness about this global social issue that impacts the health and human rights of older persons worldwide. Definitions about who is an elder may differ, but most organizations, tribes, and states use a minimum age threshold somewhere between 50 and 70. Likewise, definitions of elder abuse often vary. The National Clearinghouse on Abuse in Later Life (NCALL) defines elder abuse as any “physical, sexual, or psychological abuse, neglect, abandonment, or financial exploitation of an older person” either within a trusting relationship or when an older person is targeted based on age or disability. Abuse in later life is distinct in that it is “perpetrated by someone in an ongoing relationship (e.g., spouse, partner, family member, or caregiver) with the victim.”

In conjunction with WEAAD, NCALL is releasing some exciting new educational resources this month, including three new Training of Trainers (TOT) modules: Creating Engaging Interactive Presentations and Trainings, Interactive Training Techniques and Including Older Survivors, and Tips for Trainers. These modules, which are part of the Trainers’ Toolkit, offer helpful tips and strategies on how to lead successful training events. The toolkit also includes presentation materials for use in creating your own elder abuse training.

NCALL’s upcoming webinar on June 7th, Celebrating 2018 World Elder Abuse Awareness Day, will feature advocates from around the world who have led initiatives addressing the intersections of domestic violence, sexual violence, and elder abuse. And be sure to check out NCALL’s brand new YouTube channel, which features more than 100 videos related to working with older survivors of abuse. You can also find posters and social media graphics to raise awareness about WEAAD, as well as further information about elder abuse and how it intersects with domestic and sexual violence on NCALL’s website.

WEEAD coincides with the national obvervance of National LGBTQ Pride Month, reminding us of the importance of creating and sustaining welcome and inclusive services for older adults living at the intersections of oppression. Learn more in our 2017 WEEAD post, Building Strong Support for LGBT Older Adults by Ivonne Ortiz.

Additionally, PreventIPV is celebrating WEAAD by spotlighting When I’m an Elder as the Prevention Tool of the Month for June. When I’m an Elder uses public service announcements featuring youth to highlight the value of intergenerational dialogue to prevent violence across the lifespan and create a world without violence. By engaging across generations and honoring the resilience of our elders, we can build communities that are safe and healthy for all of us.

For more information on elder abuse and how it intersects with domestic violence and other forms of gender-based violence, see the Preventing and Responding to Domestic & Sexual Violence in Later Life special collection on VAWnet.