By virtue of U. S. demographics, elder abuse is the fastest growing area of crime in the United States. However, elder abuse is more than just physical assault and battery. It can include isolating an elder from family and friends, withholding or mismanaging medications, refusing to seek appropriate medical care, leaving an elder in soiled clothing or sheets, abandoning a dependent elder, stealing checks or money, enticing vulnerable elders to give away large amounts of money or property, or knowingly encourage an elder with cognitive impairments sign legal documents.
Law Enforcement only has so much time to evaluate a situation and determine if Elder Abuse may be occurring. The Department of Justice (DoJ) has provided the USC Keck School of Medicine, the host of the National Center on Elder Abuse NCEA, with grant funding to develop and deploy a web module that can be formatted for officers to utilize in the event that they are first on scene to a possible incidence of elder abuse.
This webinar will introduce to you the Elder Abuse Guide for Law Enforcement (EAGLE) a fully functional application for a national law enforcement audience. The goal is to provide a comprehensive web module that not only provides essential foundational Elder Abuse Information but access to every state to upload their specific penal code/EA regulatory sections. This webinar will introduce you to the EAGLE Module as well as provide:
- Tools to assist in documenting a case for prosecution
- ZIP-code-based community resources locator
- Video and more state-specific law enforcement protocols
The NCEA provides the latest information regarding research, training, best practices, news and resources on elder abuse, neglect and exploitation to professionals and the public. First established by the U.S. Administration on Aging (AoA) in 1988 as a national elder abuse resource center, the NCEA was granted a permanent home at AoA in the 1992 amendments made to Title II of the Older Americans Act.