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World Elder Abuse Awareness Day (WEAAD)

Please Join Us In Commemorating World Elder Abuse Awareness Day on June 15

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.

2014 WEAAD EVENTS

  • Presidential Proclamation – World Elder Abuse Awareness Day, 2014

  • June 17, 2014:  Webinar: Trabajando Junt@s para Ponerle Fin al Abuso contra los Adultos Mayores
    Hora: 2pm-3:30pm (Hora Central)
    El abuso a los ancianos o personas de la tercera edad es un problema común en nuestra sociedad pero del que poco se habla. Esto es particularmente difícil porque las víctimas/sobrevivientes de este tipo de abuso son casi siempre parte de una población invisible presente en todas las culturas, géneros, orientación sexual, estatus migratorio, etc. En este seminario web, la presentadora discutirá las necesidades específicas de Latin@s víctimas del abuso de ancianos, ya que esta población continúa estando poco representada en estudios y en la práctica diaria. La presentadora compartirá soluciones para resolver esta falta y ejemplos de colaboraciones exitosas para responder a este problema satisfactoriamente.
    Presentadora: Heidi Notario, Casa de Esperanza.

  • June 26, 2014: Webinar: Working together to end Abuse in Later Life in Latin@ Communities.
    Time: 2pm-3:30pm (Central)
    Like all adult survivors of abuse, older adults have a complex set of circumstances and often poor options to consider.  Older survivors may have additional needs requiring service providers to examine how they are currently delivering services and how their policies and practices may help or hinder an older survivor.  During this webinar, the presenters will discuss how generational issues may influence survivors’ choices, especially within communities who have experienced historical trauma and oppression. They will explore some of the challenges experienced by Latin@ communities, including immigration. Finally, presents will discuss how the complexity of these situations often requires organizations and communities to work together in new and innovative ways to meet the needs of older survivors. 
    Presenters: Ann Turner, National Clearinghouse on Abuse in Later Life (NCALL) & Casa de Esperanza.

 

IDEAS FOR RAISING AWARENESS ON JUNE 15

  • Host a public awareness event geared toward seniors.
  • Send out a press release, hold a press conference, or submit an editorial to discuss elder abuse awareness and prevention efforts.
  • Host a conference or training focused on elder abuse awareness and available community resources.
  • Develop a PSA on elder abuse with a local TV or radio station. 
  • Educate yourself and others about elder abuse. 
  • Be a guest speaker on elder abuse for a local radio show.
  • Create a poster on elder abuse.
  • Use graphics on your website, blog, or in your email signature block to draw awareness to elder abuse and prevention efforts. 
  • Host a public awareness activity that includes politicians, seniors, local programs, survivors of abuse, and others.
  • Ask local leaders, e.g., Mayor, County Executive, and Governor, to release a proclamation declaring June 15 as Elder Abuse Awareness Day.
  • Create a poster on elder abuse or use a poster created by the Center of Excellence on Elder Abuse and Neglect, the International Network for the Prevention of Elder Abuse (INPEA), NCALL, or the Office for Victims of Crime to display in your community.

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 2014, 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.
  • Ageless Alliance
    Ageless Alliance created an action kit including videos and documents to strengthen your stand against elder abuse. You are welcome to download and freely use these materials in your efforts to combat elder abuse. 
  • 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