It Takes a Community: Building Community Based Safety Nets for Victims of Elder Abuse

It Takes a Community
Duration: 60 Minutes
Module 1 Resources
Recorded April 13, 2018
Unit 1 Slide Deck: It Takes a Community
Unit 2 Recording: It Takes a Community
Unit 3 Webinar Notes: It Takes a Community

Most APS and domestic violence programs don’t have the resources to provide the appropriate, comprehensive

Elder abuse and domestic violence are complex issues where the victims are often living with the abuser. What works in regular crimes where after being given medical and legal attention, the victims are brought back to safety in their homes do not apply in DV and elder abuse cases.  This dilemma drove social workers to come up with different ways to ensure victim safety.

On this webinar, Jacke L. Schroeder, the director of SAFE: Stop Abuse of Elders is our resource speaker. Jacke discusses three of the existing Elder Shelter models that aim to fill the critical services gap for vulnerable victims, and the details of how each model operates.


Some of the specifics Jacke delves into include:

  • The types of calls their local community in Baltimore have received which served as the precursor of SAFE.
  • A brief overview of how SAFE was conceived.
  • What the SPRiNG Alliance is, its mission, and the various shelters and organizations that are part of this network.
  • The three types of shelter model types.
  • An in-depth look into the Single Facility model as seen in the Weinberg Center for Elder Justice.
    • The services provided by the Weinberg Center at Riverdale and how it operates with having the bed at the center of the model.
    • Their elder abuse screening process.
  • Understanding the Hybrid Model used by SAFE at Baltimore.
    • The collaborative partnership of 4 organizations that make up SAFE.
    • The values SAFE uphold of respecting and protecting the elders, as well as its core principle of having healthy relationships.
    • The free-of-charge services that SAFE provide to elder abuse victims of their community.
    • Dissecting what an elder shelter is compared to a DV shelter based on the services provided and the physical features.
    • Eligibility rules to qualify and factors that deem an individual ineligible for SAFE’s elder shelter program.
    • Safety on Shabbat options that the center allows for the victims given its faith-based origins.
    • Case studies portraying different types of elder abuse and how SAFE intervenes and provides services to the victims.
    • SAFE’s advocacy to provide community education and other specialized projects they have in partnership with other community stakeholders to provide better service to victims of elder abuse.
  • Looking into the Collaborative Model that is being used in the Council on Elder Domestic Violence Shelter Network at Buffalo.
    • The composition of various agencies and services that make up the Council.
    • Their definition of elder shelter and the available resources.
    • Defining referrals and/or eligibility to the program and the complete referral process.
    • Services provided by the shelter to the victims.
  • Inspecting other case studies of elder abuse and how the shelters were able to extend assistance through its resources and services to the victims.
  • What elder abuse shelters are providing by establishing elders’ rights, giving the elders a voice that will represent them, and working with the community to create a safe environment where elders are respected and protected.
  • Poll questions were asked on the attendees’ social media preference, their communities’ elder shelter program, and the difference in needs between victims of elder abuse and domestic violence.
  • Jacke tackled in the Q&A inquiries from the participants on:
    • The timeline to launch an elder abuse and elder shelter program.
    • The correlation and dynamics of elder abuse and domestic violence, and how one can be precedent to another.
    • The 60s to 80s age group as the segment most served by SAFE.
    • The number of clients or the workload that SAFE work with simultaneously.
    • Ways to understand the real situation at home for these elder victims who might end up discharged back to their homes where the perpetrator of the abuse also resides.
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