Elder Abuse Detection and Intervention: A Collaborative Approach

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This volume offers a new, collaborative approach geared to enhance case review, improve victim safety, raise abuser accountability, and promote system change. Experts in adult protective services, law enforcement, prosecution, health care, advocacy, and civil justice have contributed to tackle the following critical topics:

Establishing a collaborative description of elder abuse history Identifying the criteria for the reporting of cases Accessing the intervention systems involved Highlighting benefits and obstacles to success Reviewing policy, legislation, research, and social change

Replete with case examples that allow the experiences of victims to speak for themselves, this book provides the framework to begin and build on collaborative approaches at the local, state, and national levels toward ending elder abuse.


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About the author (2006)

Bonnie Brandl, MSW, is the project coordinator for the National Clearinghouse on Abuse in Later Life, a project of the Wisconsin Coalition Against Domestic Violence. Ms. Brandel has worked with battered women and their children for more than 17 years and worked with the Wisconsin Coalition for 14 years. She has a master's degree in social work from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Carmel Bitondo Dyer, MD, FACP, AGSF, graduated from Baylor College of Medicine in 1988. She is board certified in internal medicine and geriatrics and has been the director of the Geriatrics Program at the Harris County Hospital District since completing her postgraduate training in 1993. She is an associate professor of medicine at Baylor Colllege of Medicine and is co-director of the Texas Elder Abuse and Mistreatment Institute, a collaborative effort of Baylor College of Medicine, the Harris County Hospital District, and the Texas Department of Protective and Regulatory Services.

Candace J. Heisler, JD, served as a San Francisco assistant district attory for more than 25 yeaers before her retirement in 2002. As a prosecutor, she headed various units in the San Francisco District Attorney's Office, including the Domestic Violence Unit. She is a member of the California Violence Against Women STOP Task Force and has served on the Texas Medical Association Blue Ribbon Panel on Family Violence and on the National Committee for the Prevention of Elder Abuse. She has received many awards, including the California District Attorney's Association Career Achievement Award, and the California Governor's Victim Services Award. The author of numerous articles, Ms. Heisler is currently an assistant adjunct professor of law at the University of California's Hastings College of Law.

Joanne Marlatt Otto, MSW, has worked in the field of adult protective services for 25 years. From 1986 to 2000, she served as the program administrator of Adult Protection/Elder Rights Services with the Colorado State Department of Human Services. Since 2001, she has been the executive director of the National Adult Protective Services Association, in which role she has drafted language regarding adult protective services delivery for the Elder Justice Act. She also testified before the U.S. Senate Finance Committee on the need for federal protective services for elderly and disabled victims of abuse, exploitation, and neglect. Ms. Otto has published numerous articles and made frequent presentations on elder and adult abuse. She is the editor of Victimization of the Elderly and Disabled and is a partner in the National Center on Elder Abuse.

Lori A. Stiegel, JD, is associate staff director of the American Bar Association Commission on Law and Aging in Washington. She has worked in the law and aging field at the local, state, and national levels since 1982, focusing on elder abuse since 1993. She was a member of the National Research Council Panel to Review Risk and Prevalence of Elder Abuse and Neglect and served on the National Committee for the Prevention of Elder Abuse Board of Directors from 1997 through 2004. Ms. Stiegel directs the commission's elder abuse grants, including its role as a partner in the National Center on Elder Abuse. She is the author of Recommended Guidelines for State Courts Handling Cases Involving Elder Abuse and Elder Abuse Fatality Review Teams: A Replication Manual, and well as numerous articles and curricula.

Randolph W. Thomas, MA, served for more than 24 years in the law enforcement profession. His experience encompasses patrol, investigations, planning and research, and, for more than 14 years, law enforcement training. He is a member of the South Carolina Adult Protection Coordinating Council and has served on a number of committees concerning elder abuse prevention. He is currently President of the National Committee for the Prevention of Elder Abuse and serves in an advisory capacity to the U.S. Department of Justice on the subject of elder abuse. He has been an adjunct professor at the University of South Carolina, Department of Criminology and Criminal Justice.

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