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Justice Responses to Elder Abuse

Justice Responses to Elder Abuse is a self-paced course offering a wide array of information and resources to address and reduce elder abuse. It is designed for use by practitioners and members of the public alike.The course presents the latest research on aging issues, including physical, cognitive and emotional changes that increase an older person’s vulnerability to abuse. Medical, prosecution and judicial experts explore the dynamics of elder abuse and highlight individual and systemic barriers to effective remedies for victims. Practitioners in the justice system will discover how specific tools can improve access to justice and enhance outcomes for older victims of abuse. The course units include a mix of expert presentations and discussions, video clips, interactive exercises and supplemental resources. We invite you to participate at your own pace.

Justice Responses to Elder Abuse is a partnership between the National Center for State Courts and the University of California at Irvine School of Medicine’s Center of Excellence on Elder Abuse and Neglect. It is supported by Grant No. 2011-115 from the Retirement Research Foundation of Chicago and Grant Nos. SJI-12-N-0004 and SJI-11-N-177 from the State Justice Institute. Points of view or opinions in this course are those of the developers and do not necessarily represent the official position or policies of the Retirement Research Foundation or the State Justice Institute.

If you have questions or concerns that arise as you proceed through the course, please e-mail through the mail function of the course. NCSC staff will check for messages on a bi-weekly basis and respond to your inquiries. We hope that you find both the content and delivery of this course useful and a productive learning experience.

Course Development Team

NOTE: This course is for informational purposes only and does not issue a certificate of completion.

NCSC: Brenda K. Uekert, Susan Keilitz, Denise Dancy
UCI: Laura Mosqueda, Elaine Chen, Mary Twomey

  • Your Instructors
  • Lesson Unit 1: Aging in America
  • Lesson Unit 1.1: The Demographics of Aging
  • Lesson Unit 1.2: The Impact of Aging Population on Society
  • Lesson Unit 1.3: Attitudes about Aging: What is Ageism?
  • Lesson Unit 1.4: Common Aspects of Aging
  • Lesson Unit 1.5: Aging and Vulnerability to Abuse: Vulnerability Factors
  • Lesson Unit 1.6: Aging and Vulnerability to Abuse
  • Lesson Unit 1.7: Aging and Vulnerability to Abuse: Cognitive Vulnerability
  • Lesson Unit 1: Resources
  • Lesson Unit 2: Enhancing Elder Abuse Awareness
  • Lesson Unit 2.1: Definitions and Dynamics of Elder Abuse: Definitions
  • Lesson Unit 2.2: Definitions and Dynamics of Elder Abuse: Types and Dynamics
  • Lesson Unit 2.3: Recognizing Elder Abuse: Introduction
  • Lesson Unit 2.4: Recognizing Elder Abuse: Physical Abuse
  • Lesson Unit 2.5: Recognizing Elder Abuse: Sexual Abuse
  • Lesson Unit 2.6: Recognizing Elder Abuse: Financial Exploitation
  • Lesson Unit 2.7: Recognizing Elder Abuse: Elder Neglect
  • Lesson Unit 2.8: Recognizing Elder Abuse: Emotional Abuse
  • Lesson Unit 2.9: Key Legal Concepts: Capacity, Consent and Undue Influence
  • Lesson Unit 2.11: Application of Legal Concepts
  • Lesson Unit 2.10: Case Study of Capacity
  • Lesson Unit 2: Resources
  • Lesson Unit 3: Special Issues and Tools for Courts
  • Lesson Unit 3.0: Introduction to Special Issues and Tools for Courts
  • Lesson Unit 3.1: Judicial Leadership: Ethics
  • Lesson Unit 3.2: Judicial Leadership: Community Coordination
  • Lesson Unit 3.3: Judicial Leadership: Elder Abuse Benchcard
  • Lesson Unit 3.4: Court Management: Access
  • Lesson Unit 3.5: Court Management: Referral Tools
  • Lesson Unit 3.6: Court Management: Performance Measures
  • Lesson Unit 3.7: Model Programs: Foundations
  • Lesson Unit 3.8: Model Programs: Program Development and Operations
  • Lesson Unit 3: Resources
  • Lesson Unit 4: Case Scenarios: Practical Applications
  • Lesson Unit 4.0a: Introduction to Case Scenarios: Practical Applications
  • Lesson Unit 4.0b: Introduction: Victims Rights
  • Lesson Unit 4.1: Criminal Cases: Physical Abuse Scenario
  • Lesson Unit 4.2: Criminal Cases: Sexual Assault Scenario
  • Lesson Unit 4.3: Criminal Cases: Financial Exploitation
  • Lesson Unit 4.4: Criminal Cases: Criminal Neglect Scenario
  • Lesson Unit 4.5a: Civil Cases Introduction
  • Lesson Unit 4.5b: Civil Cases: Protection Order Scenario
  • Lesson Unit 4.6: Civil Cases: Guardianship Scenario
  • Lesson Unit 4.7: Civil Cases: Landlord-Tenant Scenario
  • Lesson Unit 4 Resources
  • Course Evaluation
  • Justice Responses to Elder Abuse Evaluation
Completion rules
  • All units must be completed