Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2020, $500,000)
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 End Domestic Abuse Wisconsin: the Wisconsin Coalition Against Domestic Violence, 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. End Domestic Abuse Wisconsin (WI), the Wisconsin Coalition Against Domestic Violence, has determined two geographic areas of focus - the city of Milwaukee, WI for direct services and advocacy, assistance, and safety planning to victims and nationwide for resources for service providers and justice system stakeholders in the field.
The End Abuse WI/Asha/NCALL Enhancing Services to Older African American Victims of Abuse and Financial Exploitation project is designed to meet the need of older victims in Milwaukee and service providers and criminal justice stakeholders in the field by 1) increasing access for older African American victims in Milwaukee to culturally-specific/responsive and age-relevant, and trauma-informed direct services and advocacy within the justice system, social services agencies, and community organizations, and, 2) filling gaps in resources within the field around how to remove barriers that are preventing older African American victims from accessing culturally-specific service providers and improve older victims access to these vital victims supports. This project sets out several goals and objectives related to these activities and focus areas. Two of End Abuses initiatives the Asha Project and the National Clearinghouse on Abuse in Later Life will be responsible for oversight and completion of the projects aims. In addition to increasing direct services and systems advocacy for older African American victims, this project will conclude with the creation of two final written products a strategic roadmap report for enhancing services in the field and a final project report.