Older victims of crime have unique challenges in accessing legal services following victimization, particularly in rural communities. Elder abuse has been referred to as a "hidden epidemic" in the United States, with estimates that it affects 10% of persons age 60 and older.
This program will provide increased legal services for older victims of crime (particularly in rural areas), educate attorneys and allied professionals about the needs of older victims, and increase coordinated multidisciplinary responses in supporting older victims of crime.
Applicants must demonstrate knowledge and understanding of—
- civil legal representation for older crime victims;
- enforcement of crime victims' rights;
- management of sub-award organizations; and
- experience with training and technical assistance.
This program will be implemented in collaboration with the U.S. Department of Justice's Equal Justice Initiative and the Administration for Community Living, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
OVC expects to make 1 award of up to $3,500,000 for a 36-month period of performance to begin on October 1, 2019.
OVC conducted a pre-application webinar on June 24, 2019, to review requirements and answer questions. A recording and transcript of this webinar are now available on our Funding Webinar Series page.
Learn more and apply for the FY 2019 Transforming America's Response to Elder Abuse: Mobilizing Attorneys for Older Victims of Abuse & Financial Exploitation solicitation. Apply by July 15, 2019.
(Updated June 27, 2019)