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Enhancing Judicial Skills in Elder Abuse Cases Workshop

Program Overview & Workshop Description

The workshop addresses the following topics using hypothetical case problems, role-plays, small-group workshops, and faculty demonstrations. The highly interactive format enables judges and judicial officers from different jurisdictions and levels of experience to learn from one another as well as from faculty experts.

Who should attend:

All state and tribal court judges and judicial officers (commissioners, referee, etc.) nationwide are eligible to attend the workshops, but priority will be given to judges from jurisdictions currently receiving funding from the Enhanced Training and Services to End Violence and Abuse of Women Later in Life Program. Priority is also given to jurisdictions with one of the following OVW grants: (1) Grants to Encourage Arrest, (2) STOP Violence Against Indian Women Grants, (3) Rural Domestic Violence and Child Victimization Enforcement Grant Program, or (4) Court Training and Improvement Program. Priority will also be given to OVW funded jurisdictions that send more than one judge. The program is offered free of charge. Local OVW funded agencies and some courts might cover their judges’ travel and per diem costs. All participants are responsible for their own travel and per diem costs.

Aging and the Dynamics of Elder Abuse
4.25 Hours
This segment will help participants recognize the extent of the elder abuse epidemic in this country and in their courtrooms.

Evidence in Elder Abuse Cases
2.75 Hours
This segment will illustrate the fundamental importance of judicial fact-finding and discuss how effective fact-finding can impact an elder abuse case.

Leadership and Access to Justice
3.5 Hours
This segment focuses on the judge’s leadership role in increasing access to justice for victims of elder abuse.

Fairness and Culture Issues in Elder Abuse Cases
3.34 Hours
Participants will formulate definitions of cultural competency, discuss the dynamics of difference, and identify ways in which culture is relevant in the courtroom.

Decision Making Skills
3.75 Hours
This segment will focus on making decisions in elder abuse cases that preserve the dignity of victims, encourage self-determination, enhance safety, order the least restrictive alternatives, and hold perpetrators accountable.