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U.S. Department of Justice: Enhanced Training and Services to End Abuse in Later Life Program

Deadline: January 8, 2019

The Enhanced Training and Services to End Abuse in Later Life Program (Abuse in Later Life Program) funds projects that support a comprehensive approach to addressing elder abuse in their communities. These projects will provide training to criminal justice professionals to enhance their ability to address elder abuse, neglect, and exploitation; provide cross-training opportunities to professionals working with older victims; establish or support a coordinated community response to elder abuse; and provide or enhance services for victims who are 50 years of age or older.

Abuse in Later Life Program funds must be used for the following purposes:

  • Providing training programs to assist law enforcement agencies, prosecutors, agencies of states or units of local government, population specific organizations, victim service providers, victim advocates, and relevant officers in federal, tribal, state, territorial, and local courts in recognizing and addressing instances of elder abuse
  • Providing or enhancing services for victims of abuse in later life, including domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, stalking, exploitation, and neglect
  • Establishing or supporting multidisciplinary collaborative community responses to victims of abuse in later life, including domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, stalking, exploitation, and neglect
  • Conducting cross-training for law enforcement agencies, prosecutors, agencies of states or units of local government, attorneys, health care providers, population specific organizations, faith-based advocates, victim service providers, and courts to better serve victims of abuse in later life, including domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, stalking, exploitation, and neglect

Abuse in Later Life Program funds also may be used for the following purposes:

  • Providing training programs to assist attorneys, health care providers, faith-based leaders, or other community-based organizations in recognizing and addressing instances of abuse in later life, including domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, stalking, exploitation, and neglect; or
  • Conducting outreach activities and awareness campaigns to ensure that victims of abuse in later life receive appropriate assistance

The Abuse in Later Life Program statute requires that priority be given to proposals providing services to culturally specific and underserved populations. Culturally specific populations refer to American Indians (including Alaska Natives, Eskimos, and Aleuts), Asian Americans, Native Hawaiians and other Pacific Islanders, Blacks, and Hispanics. Underserved populations means populations who face barriers in accessing and using victim services, and includes populations underserved because of geographic location, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, underserved racial and ethnic populations, and populations underserved because of “special needs” (such as language barriers, disabilities, alienage status, or age).

Amount: A total of $3,400,000 is available to award up to nine cooperative agreements that range up to $400,000. The project period is for three years.

Eligibility: States; units of local government; tribal governments or tribal organizations; population specific organizations with demonstrated experience in assisting individuals over 50 years of age; victim service providers with demonstrated experience in addressing domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, and stalking; and state, tribal, or territorial domestic violence or sexual assault coalitions.

Required partnerships: Each applicant must demonstrate that it is part of a multidisciplinary partnership. At a minimum, the following four partners are required:

  • At least one law enforcement agency
  • At least one prosecutor’s office
  • At least one victim service provider
  • At least one nonprofit program or government agency with demonstrated experience in assisting individuals in later life

Link: https://www.grants.gov/web/grants/view-opportunity.html?oppId=310095

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