Enhancing Judicial Skills in Elder Abuse Cases Workshop Program Overview

Senior woman being consoled

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:

  • Identify the signs of elder abuse in the various contexts it would emerge in the justice system.
  • Define ageism and its connection to oppression within the context of elder abuse cases.
  • Consider the diverse lived experiences of older victims and others who may access the court and related institutions to reach more informed decisions.
  • Fashion safe, appropriate and creative judicial remedies in response to elder abuse cases.
  • Identify and improve access to community resources for victims.
  • Discuss and promote promising practices to address elder abuse in the courts and the community.

Next Workshop

April 7 – 10, 2024

Tyson, VA

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.

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.

How Do You Apply to Attend?

To apply for participation in the workshop, please visit http://www.njidv.org or fill out this form.

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.

*Please note this workshop is pending approval. Please wait to book any travel until you receive a confirmation packet from the registrar. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact Jenny Talancon at jtalancon@ncjfcj.org