Be an Advocate & Contribute to Elder Abuse Coordinated Community Response Effort

9/28/2018

The Iowa Attorney General’s office was awarded a three-year grant to further education and awareness in the area of elder abuse.  As a result of this grant, a Coordinated Community Response (CCR) team has been created with the purpose of bringing together key players in the community to discuss, develop, or revise systems-based strategies and procedures regarding abuse in later life. 

We know that those working in financial institutions can be on the front line of defense in protecting consumers from elder abuse.  Credit unions are encouraged to participate with the CCR team, whose goal is to identify current system responses and service gaps and to coordinate efforts to create a seamless response to the needs of victims.  

The CCR team includes professionals from various disciplines and community members who share a vision of their community’s responsibility for enhancing services and safety for older victims and improving the criminal justice system’s response to perpetrators.  Membership includes financial institutions, law enforcement, courts, prosecutors, systems-based advocates, county extension agencies, government agencies that serve older persons, community advocates, health care providers, faith-based groups, attorneys, corrections officers, disability advocacy groups, legal organizations, victim services providers, mental health advocates, culturally-specific organizations, animal services providers, and members of the community, amongst others.  In short, CCR welcomes anyone who might touch the life of an older person who is a victim or is at risk for victimization to participate.

The CCR team hosts semi-annual meetings to discuss the issues as a group and determine how we can work together to find solutions.  The next meeting will be as follows:

What: CCR Meeting*
When: Wednesday, October 10th 1:30-3:00
Where: Clive Public Library, 1900 NW 114th St. Clive, IA
*Registration is not required

We hope that you can join ICUL and PolicyWorks as we examine ways to better serve our members by preventing and detecting elder financial abuse.

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