Office On Violence Against Women Awards $660,000 Federal Grant to Extend Program

Eileen Marion, RI Department of Behavioral Healthcare, Developmental Disabilities & Hospitals leads a group discussion as part of a half day Elder Abuse training sponsored by the grant received by Saint Elizabeth Haven for Elder Justice.

Saint Elizabeth Community was recently awarded a three-year grant totaling more than $660,000 to extend the Enhanced Training and Services to End Abuse in Later Life program.

“The goal of this continuation project is to develop a comprehensive approach to addressing elder abuse across the entire state of Rhode Island and to build upon the meaningful progress and momentum from our 2018 OVW Enhanced Training and Services to End Abuse in Later Life Program grant,” explains Jeanne Gattegno, Program Director, Saint Elizabeth Haven for Elder Justice.

“While major progress has been made throughout the state, sustained leadership continues to be needed over the next three years in order to institutionalize a statewide program to address elder abuse in later life.”

Through this program, Saint Elizabeth Community will train a cadre of an estimated 800 law enforcement professionals and more than 300 multidisciplinary service providers and faith-based leaders. The group will develop a sustainable program to improve services to elder abuse victims and to help professionals better, and more quickly, identify the signs of elder abuse in order to support and protect victims and to ensure abusers are prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law.

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