National Institute on the Prosecution of Elder Abuse

November 15 - 18, 2016

Studies reveal that a significant number of elder abuse cases go unreported, with fewer than 5% disclosed (Lifespan of Greater Rochester, 2011). Furthermore, a significant number of reported cases do not progress through the criminal justice system due to a lack of familiarity with effective investigation and prosecution strategies (Brandl et al., 2007). As a result, prosecutors and allied professionals must be properly trained and collaborate across disciplines to increase victim identification, encourage engagement with the system, and ultimately hold more offenders accountable.

The Office on Violence Against Women (OVW), AEquitas, and the National Clearinghouse on Abuse in Later Life (NCALL) present the National Institute on the Prosecution of Elder Abuse (NIPEA), a three-and-one-half-day course designed to challenge prosecutors to reevaluate their approach to prosecuting elder abuse cases. Participants receive training on the dynamics of elder abuse as well as practical skills to successfully prosecute these cases. NIPEA explores the complex issues faced by prosecutors while balancing offender accountability with the impact of criminal prosecution on victims. In addition to case evaluation and litigation skills, the curriculum examines the benefits of developing a coordinated, victim-centered community response; explains common injuries and relevant medical evidence, providing guidance on the use of medical experts; explores ethical issues confronted by prosecutors; addresses the development and improvement of culturally-specific victim services; and offers prosecutors the ability to redefine outcomes and the very nature of justice in elder abuse cases.

Application Process
This course is open to prosecutors only, and attendance is free of charge; however, priority will be given to OVW grantees. There is no limit to the number of attendees from any jurisdiction. Seating is limited and applicants are encouraged to apply early. Applicants will be informed of acceptance by email.

CLE Credits
Attendance at this event may qualify participants for approximately twenty (20) continuing legal education credit hours including at least one (1) hour of ethics credit. Please check with your state bar association in reference to application requirements and related fees.

Conference Location & Hotel
Four Points by Sheraton – Phoenix North
2532 West Peoria Avenue
Phoenix, Arizona 85029

Transportation and Lodging
Participants are responsible for making and paying for their own travel and lodging arrangements. Additional information will be provided following acceptance.

OVW Grantees
OVW grant funds may be used to cover the cost of transportation and accommodations related to your attendance. Please contact your OVW grant administrator for additional information.

A limited number of scholarships related to travel and accommodations may be available upon request. If you are interested in applying for a scholarship please submit an email to for consideration. Your email should include an explanation of the economic situation in your jurisdiction and a summary of how you and your jurisdiction may benefit from your attendance at NIPEA.

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