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World Elder Abuse Awareness Day (WEAAD)

WORLD ELDER ABUSE AWARENESS DAY 2015

To honor the day and draw focus to the issue of elder abuse, NCALL will release a daily web graphic, June 1-15, on our WEAAD 2015 webpage. Each graphic will feature a compelling fact or statistic about elder abuse. Stay tuned to the End Domestic Abuse Wisconsin Twitter page for daily updates!

ABOUT WEAAD

World Elder Abuse Awareness Day (WEAAD) is recognized annually on or around the 15th of June. Since its inception in 2006, communities throughout the country and around the world have used this day to raise the visibility of elder abuse by sharing information about abuse, neglect, and exploitation in later life and promoting the resources and services that work to increase victim safety and improve offender accountability.

2015 WEAAD AWARENESS & SPECIAL EVENTS 

  • Presidential Proclamation - World Elder Abuse Awareness Day, 2015
  • April 6-June 15: 10 Week Countdown to WEAAD 2015
    From April 6-June 15, The National Center on Elder Abuse (NCEA) hosted a “10 Week Countdown to WEAAD 2015!” The countdown took place on NCEA’s Facebook and Twitter sites. Each week focused on a specific theme based on the Elder Justice Roadmap Project. Throughout each week, the NCEA shared a blog post from an expert in the field as well as notable research, education, policy and practice efforts pertaining to that week’s topic. Additionally, every Friday featured a Twitter Chat using the hashtag #WEAADweekly. These chats featured special guests and engaged participants in a lively discussion of the weekly topic. 
  • May 22: Webinar: World Elder Abuse Awareness Day — Toward a Global Framework on its 10th Anniversary
    The National Center on Elder Abuse (NCEA) and WEAAD Consortium sponsored a webinar event in association with the International Federation on Ageing, National Committee to Prevent Elder Abuse (NCPEA) and National Adult Protective Services Association (NAPSA) entitled: World Elder Abuse Awareness Day— Toward a Global Framework on its 10th Anniversary. Among many agenda items, some highlights of the webinar included: a retrospective of WEAAD accomplishments from the innovator herself, Elizabeth Podnieks, PhD, pilot findings from the WEAAD consortium and a panel discussion on the future of WEAAD provided by: Alex Kalache, MD, Greg Shaw, Trudy Gregorie and Susan Somers, JD.
  • June 1-15: 15 Day Countdown to June 15
    Beginning June 1, The National Clearinghouse on Abuse in Later Life (NCALL) conducted a 15 Day Countdown to WEAAD 2015. Consisting of a series of web graphics and elder abuse facts, the countdown took place on NCALL’s WEAAD 2015 webpage and on End Domestic Abuse Wisconsin's Facebook and Twitter sites.
  • June 4:  United Against Elder Abuse: The Office on Violence Against Women Raises Awareness About Abuse in Later Life.
    In a blog post, Principal Deputy Director Bea Hanson of the Office on Violence Against Women, encouraged communities throughout the country to stand united against elder abuse.
  • June 12: Stalking in Later Life PSA
    In recognition of World Elder Abuse Awareness Day, NCALL created a video on stalking in later life with support from the Stalking Resource Center. 
  • June 15: World Elder Abuse Awareness Day First Global Summit, Washington, DC
    The first ever World Elder Abuse Awareness Day Global Summit was held June 15, 2015 at the Securities and Exchange Commission Building, Washington, DC. Please join with national and international elder abuse prevention leaders for this important event! For more information, please click here.
  • June 15: Working Together to End Elder Abuse: A Conversation Among Anti-Violence Advocates
    This conversation included the voices of advocates from the National Latin@ Network, the National Clearinghouse on Abuse in Later Life, the National Resource Center on Domestic Violence and Equinox, Inc. Presenters shared their strategies for observing WEAAD and promoting ongoing practices to end elder abuse in the context of family violence. A recording of this conversation may be found here: www.blogtalkradio.com/casa-de-esperanza/2015/06/15/trabajando-junts-para-ponerle-fin-a-la-violencia-contra-los-adultos-mayores-1.
  • June 16 - The White House convened an elder justice summit where 50 advocates, physicians, prosecutors, researchers, representatives of financial institutions, and state and local government officials met to discuss how best to address and prevent elder abuse and financial exploitation.  White House Domestic Violence Advisor, Carrie Bettinger-Lopez, provided welcoming remarks.
  • June 18: Economic Insecurity and Abuse in Later Life webinar
    As part of World Elder Abuse Awareness Day, Wider Opportunities for Women (WOW) hosted a webinar to share findings from its new Living Below the Line Report, a series that assesses the economic security of US women, families and elders and discusses how economic security issues can affect the ability of older survivors to seek safety and justice. To access the webinar, please follow this link.
  • June 19: Toward Greater Justice for Our Nation's Elders
    In this blog post, Stuart F. Delery, Acting Associate Attorney General, U.S. Department of Justice, calls on "colleagues in state and local government and the private sector to improve the quality of life for this vulnerable – and growing – population."

IDEAS FOR RAISING AWARENESS ON JUNE 15

SELECTED RESOURCES

  • Administration for Community Living 
     As in past years, the Administration for Community Living (ACL), encourages individuals and organizations across our nation, states, and local communities to take a stand and to raise public awareness about elder abuse. As part of World Elder Abuse Awareness Day, ACL is pleased to provide information, tools, and resources to support efforts to shed light on the importance of preventing, identifying, and responding to this serious, often hidden public health problem. Remember, it only takes one individual, one action, to make a difference.
  • National Center on Elder Abuse (NCEA)
    AoA’s NCEA website contains many resources to help you find assistance, publications, data, information, and answers about elder abuse. For information and ideas about World Elder Abuse Awareness Day, visit the World Elder Abuse Awareness Day section of the website. 
  • VAWnet Special Collection: Preventing and Responding to Abuse in Later Life. This collection draws from the work of the National Clearinghouse on Abuse in Later Life (NCALL), National Sexual Violence Resource Center (NSVRC), National Center on Elder Abuse (NCEA) and other organizations to highlight the complexities of older people's DV/SV experiences and emphasizes collaborative and multi-pronged approaches to addressing DV/SV in later life.