Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2018, $490,000)
The Office for Victims of Crime is committed to enhancing the nations capacity to assist crime victims and provide leadership in changing attitudes, policies, and practices to promote justice and healing for all victims of crime. Through the FY 2018 Field-Generated Innovations in Addressing Elder Financial Exploitation solicitation, OVC seeks to support projects which focus on elder financial exploitation through innovative collaborations between the financial industry and others to better detect and respond to victims. These efforts should build the capacity of victim service providers and financial industry representatives to enhance fraud detection and provide trauma-informed, age-appropriate services and resources for victims.
With this award, the National White Collar Crime Center (NWC3) will create and evaluate a web-based and in-person training series intended to increase the capacity of responders to better serve and support victims of elder financial exploitation. The series will incorporate a blend of interactive web-based and in-person courses, with a train-the-trainer component to allow for a wider reach than would otherwise be possible. The series will be developed in consultation with subject matter experts from law enforcement, APS, academia, the health care industry, and the financial industry. Each of 10 interactive web-based modules will center around the unique experience of an older American, addressing promising practices that professionals can use to detect, respond to, and support victims of various types of elder financial exploitation in a trauma-informed paradigm that takes into account the victims short- and long-term needs.