Virginia Elder Justice  
‌Training and Services Project

In October 2012, a coalition of eighteen City of Bristol, Washington County, and statewide agencies was awarded funding for a three-year project through the Enhanced Training and Services to End Violence and Abuse of Women Later in Life Program, Office on Violence Against Women, US Department of Justice. The project was granted a one-year no-cost extension and was completed September 30, 2016.

The Virginia Department for Aging and Rehabilitative Services serves as lead agency for this project to address abuse in later life and will provide administrative and fiscal oversight.  The Virginia Center on Aging manages the project and provides technical assistance to the local and statewide partners. 

Project accomplishments to date:

  • Sponsored trainings in best practices for criminal justice professionals, victim advocates, governmental agency staff, and other professionals working with older adults to increase their knowledge and skills in addressing abuse of adults 50 and older in the community and promoting collaboration among public and private agencies working with older adults. Since the start of the project, this grant has provided more than 1562 person-training hours to local professionals.
  • Conducted a community-wide needs assessment on issues of abuse in later life to guide our planning.
  • Developed a new position, the Abuse in Later Life (ALL) Specialist, who was hired in November of 2014.  The ALL Specialist provides care management and coordination of services among providers for victims age 50 and over and offers outreach in the community on the issue of abuse in later life. 
  • Established an emergency fund for victims who are in immediate danger to help them become safe.
  • Assisted the local sexual and domestic violence coordinated community response team (CCRT) in establishing a specific sub-committee of local public and private agencies which meets quarterly to collaborate on addressing challenges in serving victims of abuse in later life with the goal of promoting victim safety and holding abusers accountable.  
  • Provided technical assistance to District Three Governmental Cooperative as they sought sustaining funds to continue new services beyond the end of this grant project.  We are pleased to report that such funds were secured.

 

For more information on this project, contact Ruth Anne Young at (804) 828-1652 or youngra4@vcu.edu 

This project was supported by Grant No. 2012-EW-AX-K004 awarded by the Office of Violence Against Women, U.S. Department of Justice.  The opinions, findings, conclusions, and recommendations expressed in this publication/program/exhibition are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the Department of Justice Office on Violence Against Women.