Judicial

Enhancing Judicial Skills in Elder Abuse Cases Workshop Program Overview

The National Judicial Institute on Domestic Violence (NJIDV), a partnership of Futures Without Violence (formerly Family Violence Prevention Fund), the National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges, and the U.S. Department of Justice, Office on Violence Against Women, offers a four-day, hands-on, highly interactive workshop that will help new and experienced state court and tribal court judges and judicial officers to enhance their skills and ability to respond to cases involving elder abuse, neglect, and exploitation.

A judge participating in this workshop will be better able to:

  • Define elder abuse and identify common abuse tactics.
  • Describe common excuses and myths related to perpetrators’ abuse of elders.
  • Discuss the range of barriers that inhibit access to justice and safety for elders in court, and enhance physical, legal, and attitudinal accessibility for older adult victims.
  • Rule on evidentiary and legal challenges that perpetuate discrimination against, or jeopardize the safety of, aging adults who are victims of abuse.
  • Craft orders that preserve the dignity of elders, enhance victim safety, and hold perpetrators accountable.
  • Develop and promote fair practices and procedures in the court and community that address the physical, financial, and emotional protection of older adult victims.
  • Define the terms culture and cultural competence and enhance respect for the dynamics of difference in cases involving elder abuse.
  • Develop a strategy and implement a mechanism to promote continued victim safety throughout and after court proceedings.
  • Assess the potential impact of a judge’s role within the court and the larger community.

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Who is Eligible to Attend?

All state court and tribal court judges and judicial officers nationwide are eligible to attend the workshop. First priority will be given to judges from jurisdictions currently receiving funding from Enhanced Training and Services to End Violence and Abuse of Women Later in Life Program. Second priority will be given to judges from other OVW grant programs such as Court Training & Improvements Grant Program; Grants to Encourage Arrest Policies and Enforcement of Protection Orders; STOP Violence Against Women Formula Grants Program; Rural Domestic Violence, Dating Violence, Sexual Assault, Stalking, and Child Abuse Enforcement Assistance Program; and Domestic Violence Transitional Housing Assistance Program. Priority is also given to OVW-funded jurisdictions that send more than one judge.

The program is offered free of charge. A $75 activity fee covers the cost of a reception, which cannot be financed with OVW grant funds. All participants are responsible for their own travel and per diem costs. Local OVW-funded agencies and some courts might cover these costs for their judges.

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How Do You Apply to Attend?

To apply for participation in a workshop, please visit http://www.njidv.org Applications will be reviewed on a first-come, first-served basis, subject to the eligibility guidelines outlined above. Partial coverage of travel expenses may be available to a limited number of participants with special funding needs. Please note that your application is not confirmed until you receive an acceptance letter via email.

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