Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2020, $499,996)
This program will implement projects that enhance services for older victims of abuse and financial exploitation. This program is intended to improve outcomes, minimize additional trauma, and restore safety and security to older adult victims of abuse and financial exploitation. This award, made to University of Arkansas, funded under OVC FY 2020 Enhancing Services for Older Victims of Abuse and Financial Exploitation program, is designed to support communities in providing services to older victims of abuse and exploitation. The University of Arkansas Roadmap Initiative: Enhancing Supports for Older Arkansans who are Victims of Abuse and Financial Exploitation, will improve the infrastructure in Arkansas so that improved services are provided to individuals over the age of 60 who are victims of abuse or financial exploitation. The project will utilize three main strategies:
1. Improving collaboration between victim service providers and programs that serve older Arkansans - This project will create a Multidisciplinary Leadership Team and a structure for creating/maintaining ongoing connections to key stakeholders in local regions of the state. 2. Improving direct service provision to older Arkansans who are victims of abuse and financial exploitation - This project will provide direct services and infuse information across agencies involved in service provision to ensure they are trauma-informed, victim-centered, culturally responsive and fully accessible. 3. Improving access to information on abuse and exploitation for victim service providers, programs that serve older Arkansans, and older people themselves - This project will use multiple methods for disseminating information including simple printed information, web based information, visual representation in community sites, and infusion of information into community-based activities Arkansans already participate in and trust.