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Elder Abuse Training for Law Enforcement

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Vermont Police Academy

317 Academy Rd

Pittsford, VT 05763

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As the aging population increases in Vermont, law enforcement officers are responding to an increased number of cases of elder abuse. Elder abuse cases may not be recognized or appropriately identified as crimes, which results in inaccurate arrest decisions. Further, inaccurate perceptions about aging, victims, perpetrators, and dynamics/causes of elder abuse can lead to inappropriate or ineffective responses, putting victims at a higher risk of harm.

As first responders, law enforcement officers can play a key role in providing an effective response to abuse in later life at the local level. In many cases, law enforcement can use tools already used in domestic violence, stalking, child abuse, and sexual abuse cases to interview victims and gather evidence. Officers will also benefit from learning about abuse in later life and abuse dynamics; appropriate referral resources for intervention and support for older victims; and working collaboratively with other organizations.

As a result of this training, participants will be able to:

  1. Identify the forms of elder abuse
  2. Describe the factors that influence an elder abuse investigation
  3. Conduct effective elder abuse investigations to enhance victim safety and hold perpetrators accountable.
  4. Identify resources for collaboration to improve case out comes and increase victim safety.
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Vermont Police Academy

317 Academy Rd

Pittsford, VT 05763

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