Elder Abuse: The Crime of the 21st Century Event

There will be a day long training event for professionals on Friday, August 3rd at the Inn at Wise, located at 110 East Main Street in Wise, Virginia that will focus on Elder Abuse. Registration begins at 8:00a.m.  With presentations scheduled to begin at 9a.m. Presented by the Southwest Virginia Legal Aid Society, in collaboration with the Wise County Commonwealth’s Attorney’s Office, the Wise County Victim Witness Assistance Program, Mountain Empire Older Citizens, Appalachian Agency for Senior Citizens, Wise County Department of Social Services, and the Virginia Department for Aging and Rehabilitative Services (DARS).
Commonwealth’s Attorney for Wise County and the City of Norton, C.H. Chuck Slemp, III, stated, “The focus on elder abuse, neglect, and financial exploitation is a topic on the minds of many in Wise County and throughout Southwest Virginia. Since taking office in 2016, my office has been working hard to forge partnerships with others throughout the community to address these crimes and strive to prevent instances of abuse. Our Southwest Virginia Joint Senior Abuse Task Force was formed to raise public awareness and create opportunities for the community to learn about what can be done to safeguard our most vulnerable citizens. We are proud that our vision for a regional training on this topic has been realized and excited that this event provide a venue and chance to learn from nationally recognized experts in this field.”
The training entitled Elder Abuse: The Crime of the 21st Century, is open to attorneys, magistrates, law enforcement officers, court system staff, financial services professionals, healthcare workers, aging services providers, mental and physical healthcare practitioners, all who work with older adults and citizens. Conference sessions are expected to examine common barriers that prevent elder cases from being prosecuted, and the misconceptions that can deter law enforcement officers and prosecutors from holding perpetrators accountable. Financial exploitation, including how to deal with such issues as consent and undue influence, will also be addressed.
Nationally recognized experts will make up the impressive agenda. Paul Greenwood, retired Deputy District Attorney and former head of the Elder Abuse Prosecution Unit of San Diego County will discuss his 25 years as a prosecutor, involving the prosecution of over 600 felony cases of elder and dependent adult abuse. Phillip C. Marshall, grandson of New York philanthropies Brooke Asher, will provide the keynote address and detail a personal story of his grandmother’s victimization. Robert B. Schaefer, 10 year veteran of the FBI’s Behavior Sciences Unit, will discuss identity theft, fraud crimes, Alzheimer’s disease, dementia and the law of diminished capacity.
Because of limited space for this important training, advanced registration is requested. To register online
https://swvalegalaid.regfox.com/2018-elder-abuse-conference or by phone, please contact Daveena Sexton with Southwest Virginia Legal Aid Society at 276-783-8300

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