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Training program to combat elder abuse

Comprehensive strategies for law enforcement, prosecutors
and victim service providers         
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[MAY 27, 2004]  CHICAGO -- The Illinois Criminal Justice Information Authority announced May 19 that it will host a training conference next month entitled "Combating Elder Abuse: Comprehensive strategies for law enforcement, prosecutors and victim services providers."

The Illinois Criminal Justice Information Authority is coordinating with the Illinois attorney general's office and the Illinois Department on Aging to give law enforcement personnel and prosecutors the tools they need to successfully investigate and prosecute an elder abuse case. Victim service providers will gain insight into undue influence and the legal tools available to assist elderly victims.

The conference will be Thursday, June 10, from 9:15 a.m. to 4:15 p.m., at the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center, 5555 N. River Road in Rosemont.

"This event will bring together members in three key areas of the criminal justice system that deal with the growing problem of elder abuse," said Lori G. Levin, executive director of the Illinois Criminal Justice Information Authority. "Providing a variety of different perspectives on the issue will help enhance the way law enforcement personnel, prosecutors and victim service providers assist elderly victims."

Nationally recognized elder abuse experts will be featured. Bennett Blum, M.D., a physician specializing in forensic and geriatric psychiatry, will present "The New International Model for Understanding and Evaluating Competency." Trudy Gregorie, a senior adviser with Justice Solutions and national consultant on public safety and victim issues, will present "Community Response to Elder Abuse: Where Victim and Elder Services Intersect and Interact." And Dan Sheridan, Ph.D., an associate professor and forensic clinical nurse specialist at John Hopkins University, will present "Wound Identification and Documentation."

 

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Local prosecutors, victim service providers and members of the law enforcement community will address other issues, including:

  • Working together: probate and criminal courts.
  • Undue influence.
  • Update on the law.
  • Needs of victims and the use of advocates.
  • Investigating and prosecuting a stolen house case.
  • Consumer issues and the elderly.
  • Domestic violence and the elderly victim.
  • Investigating and prosecuting an abuse of power of attorney case.

The June conference will be in Rosemont to accommodate practitioners in the northern regions of the state. The same training also will be conducted downstate in October to reach those outside the Chicago metropolitan area.

Registration information for the June 10 conference is available online at www.icjia.state.il.us. Check there later this summer to learn more about the October event.

[Illinois Criminal Justice Information Authority
news release]

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