Training program to combat elder abuse
Comprehensive strategies for law
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
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Local prosecutors, victim service
providers and members of the law enforcement community will address
other issues, including:
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.
information for the June 10 conference is available online at
Check there later this summer to learn more about the October event.
Criminal Justice Information Authority