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VOCA–Funded Elder Abuse Programs

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If you experience an emergency, call 911.

If you or someone you know has been a victim of elder fraud, call the National Elder Fraud Hotline at 833–FRAUD–11 (833–372–8311).

Find your state’s reporting agency at
https://www.justice.gov/elderjustice/ find-support-elder-abuse.

The programs listed below are not equipped to respond to calls for immediate assistance, such as calls intended for Adult Protective Services.

In 2016, the new VOCA Formula Victim Assistance Rule clarified and expanded states’ allowable uses of VOCA victim assistance funding. With this clarification, states were able to identify more ways to support all victims, including victims of elder abuse

Below are examples of VOCA–funded elder abuse programs and the VOCA offices that funded them. Visit OVC’s elder abuse/ mistreatment page for more information on this topic.

State VOCA–Funded Elder Abuse Program VOCA Administrator
Alabama Elderly and Disabled Adult Victim Services (EDAVS) provides direct short-term services to elderly and disabled victims of abuse, neglect, or exploitation. The project provides short-term in-home sitter or homemaker services to ensure victims’ safety and avoid unnecessary out-of-home placement and short-term placement funding for adults requiring emergency out-of-home placements including nursing home, assisted living, and foster care.

Tammy Fuller, EDAVS Coordinator
Adult Protective Services–Department of Human Resources
Phone: 334–353–4901
Email: [email protected]
EDAVS is funded by the Alabama Department of Economic and Community Affairs.

Contact VOCA Administrator Derek Yarbrough, at 334–353–3252 for more information.
California The Elder Abuse Forensic Center provides additional services in medicine and neuropsychology to provide comprehensive services and achieve better outcomes for the elder and dependent adult population in Riverside County.

David Franklin, Psy.D., MHA, Director
Elder Abuse Forensic Center
County of Riverside, CA
Email: [email protected]
The Elder Abuse Forensic Center is funded through the California Governor’s Office of Emergency Services.

Contact Leigh Bills, MSW, Victim Services Division Chief, at [email protected] or 916–845–8280; and Diana Mazuka, Chief, Underserved Victims Unit, at 916–845–8262, for more information.
California Bet Tzedek’s Elder Justice Team provides comprehensive legal and social services to victims of elder and dependent adult abuse in Los Angeles County.

Sarah Jampol, Director of Public Grants
Bet Tzedek Legal Services
3250 Wilshire Boulevard, 13th Floor
Los Angeles, CA  90010
Phone: 323–939–0506
Email: [email protected]
The Bet Tzedek’s Elder Justice Team is funded through the California Governor’s Office of Emergency Services.

Contact Leigh Bills, MSW, Victim Services Division Chief, at [email protected] or 916–845–8280; and Diana Mazuka, Chief, Underserved Victims Unit, at 916–845–8262, for more information.
California The HEART (Holistic Elder Abuse Response Team) Program provides case management, advocacy, and counseling to survivors of elder and dependent adult abuse in the Los Angeles area.

Sarah Barnard, MSW, MFS
Manager
Elder Abuse Prevention Program
WISE & Healthy Aging
1527 4th Street, 2nd Floor
Santa Monica, CA  90401
Phone: 310–394–9871, ext. 423
The HEART Program is funded through the California Governor’s Office of Emergency Services.

Contact Leigh Bills, MSW, Victim Services Division Chief, at [email protected] or 916–845–8280; and Diana Mazuka, Chief Underserved Victims Unit, at 916–845–8262, for more information.
Colorado SeniorSafetyNet is a program in which, working in tandem with partner agencies, provides a comprehensive network of supportive services, including victim advocacy, to victims of elder abuse.

DDA Jane Walsh
Director of Community Protection
Office of the District Attorney
20th Judicial District
P.O. Box 471
Boulder, CO  80306
Phone: 303–441–3789
Email: [email protected]
SeniorSafetyNet is funded through the Division of Criminal Justice, Office for Victims Programs.

Contact VOCA Administrator Debbie Kasyon at 303–239–5703 or [email protected], for more information.
District of Columbia The District’s Collaborative Training & Response for Older Victims (DC TROV) is a multidisciplinary community response team dedicated to providing training, increasing collaboration, and strategically planning services for victims of elder abuse. The team is comprised of:
  • DC Adult Protective Services
  • Network for Victim Recovery of DC
  • Metropolitan Police Department
  • Legal Counsel for the Elderly
  • United States Attorney’s Office
  • ElderSAFE
  • District's Alliance for Safe Housing
  • Age–Friendly DC
  • DC Coalition Against Domestic Violence
  • DC Office on Aging
  • DC Forensic Nurse Examiners
  • Office of the Attorney General for DC
  • Domestic Violence Unit of the Superior Court
  • Long Term Care Ombudsmen
  • DC Department of Disability Services
  • Jewish Coalition Against Domestic Violence
  • DC Department of Insurance, Securities, and Banking
  • Seabury Resources for Aging
Merry O’Brien
Network for Victim Recovery of DC (NVRDC)
Grant Administrator & Elder Justice Coordinator
6856 Eastern Avenue, NW
Washington, DC  20012
Phone: 202–742–1727
Email: [email protected]
DC TROV is funded by the DC Office of Victim Services and Justice Grants.

Contact VOCA Administrator Daniza Figueroa, at 202–442–4936 or [email protected], for more information.
Kansas The Kansas Elder Rights Project provides civil legal assistance to seniors facing financial exploitation and other financial crimes, as well as those facing physical or emotional abuse from family members.

Alexandra English
Kansas Elder Rights Project
Phone: 912–621–0200
Email: [email protected]
The Kansas Elder Rights Project is funded by the Kansas Governor’s Federal Grant Program.

Contact VOCA Administrator Juliene Maska at [email protected], for more information.
Kentucky ElderServe’s Crime Victim Services assists older adults 60+ in Jefferson County who are victims of crime, including but not limited to crimes of financial exploitation, abuse, sexual abuse, domestic violence, robbery, burglary, and caregiver neglect.

Shannon Gadd, Senior Director of Programs
ElderServe
215 West Breckinridge Street
Louisville, KY  40203
Phone: 502–587–8673
Email: [email protected]
ElderServe’s Crime Victim Services is funded through the Kentucky Justice & Public Safety Cabinet VOCA Award.

Contact VOCA Administrator Susan LeMay at [email protected], for more information.
Maine Martha’s Cottage (The Elder Abuse Institute of Maine) provides transitional housing and supportive services that help older victims escape abusive situations and find long-term safety and peace.

Patricia Kimball
Executive Director
Elder Abuse Institute of Maine
14 Maine Street, Box 4
Brunswick, ME  04011
Website: www.eaime.org
Phone: 207–449–8805
Martha’s Cottage funding is provided by the Maine Department of Health and Human Services.

Contact VOCA Administrator Heather Tyler, Associate Director of Early Intervention and Prevention Services at 207–624–7919, or [email protected], for more information.
Maine Legal Services for the Elderly (LSE) provides civil legal assistance to older adults 60+ who live in Maine and are victims of crimes, including but not limited to crimes of financial exploitation, abuse, sexual abuse, domestic violence, and neglect. LSE also engages community education activities and LSE attorneys serve on multidisciplinary elder abuse task forces across the State of Maine.

Jaye Martin
Executive Director
Legal Services for the Elderly
5 Wabon Street
Augusta, ME  04330
Phone: 207–620–3103
Email: [email protected]
LSE funding is provided by the Maine Department of Health and Human Services.

Contact VOCA Administrator Heather Tyler, Associate Director of Early Intervention and Prevention Services at 207–624–7919, or [email protected], for more information.
Maryland Maryland Legal Aid employs a lawyer and a paralegal to provide free civil legal services to victims of elder abuse in partnership with a social services provider, CHANA.

Emily Alt
Director of Program Development & Compliance
Maryland Legal Aid
500 East Lexington Street
Baltimore, MD  21202
Phone: 410–951–7688
Email: [email protected]
Maryland Legal Aid is funded through the Governor’s Office of Crime Control and Prevention.

Contact VOCA Administrator Kimberly Herndon, at 410–697–9312 for more information.
Michigan The Area Agency on Aging IIIC victim assistance program ("Services to Victims of Elder Abuse") is dedicated to serve the needs of victims of elder and dependent adult abuse, neglect, and/or financial exploitation in Branch and St. Joseph counties. Any victim age 60 or older, or, age 18 or older and dependent on others due to disability, is eligible to receive assistance and support.

Joshua Englehart
Elder Abuse Victim Specialist
Branch-St. Joseph Area Agency on Aging (IIIC)
Phone: 517–278–2538


Danielle Newhouse
Elder Abuse Victim Specialist
Branch-St. Joseph Area Agency on Aging (IIIC)
Phone: 517–278–2538
The Services to Victims of Elder Abuse Program serves is funded through the Division of Victim Services.

Contact DVS Director Debi Cain, at [email protected], for more information.
Ohio The Area Agency on Aging 3's Awakenings Victim Outreach Program helps to assist victims of crime to remain independent at home in their community of choice while moving their mindset from victimization to one of being a survivor. The agency provides direct services such as care management, information and referrals, personal advocacy, emotional support, safety services, shelter/housing, criminal/civil justice assistance, and community education to a seven county service area. The program services victims aged 60 and older or under 60 with a disability.

Allison Stehlik
Area Agency on Aging 3's Awakenings Victim Outreach Program
Phone: 419–222–7723
Toll Free: 800–653–7723
Email: [email protected]
The Area Agency on Aging 3's Awakenings Victim Outreach Program is funded through the Ohio Attorney General's Office.

Contact VOCA Administrator Rachel Hudson for more information.
Oregon Oregon Elder Safe helps victims aged 65 and older after a crime is reported to police and continues to help them through the criminal justice system.

Marcia Langer, Executive Director
Oregon Elder Safe
Washington County, OR
Phone: 503–846–6048
Email: [email protected]hington.or.us
Oregon Elder Safe and Elders in Action are funded through the Oregon Department of Justice.

Contact VOCA Administrator Cathy Oliverio Relang, at 503–378–4476 or [email protected], for more information.
Oregon Elders in Action serves older adults in the Portland metro area in a myriad of ways, and works to build a community for all ages. They provide one-on-one assistance to people aged 60+ experiencing problems with housing, healthcare, crime, abuse, and more.

Barbara Bernstein, Executive Director
Elders in Action
1411 SW Morrison Street, Suite 290
Portland, OR  97205
Phone: 503–235–5474
Email: [email protected]
Oregon Elder Safe and Elders in Action are funded through the Oregon Department of Justice.

Contact VOCA Administrator Cathy Oliverio Relang, at 503–378–4476 or [email protected], for more information.
Pennsylvania The Providing Advocacy for Victimized Elderly (PAVE) Program, at the Center for Advocacy for the Rights and Interests of the Elderly (CARIE), provides victim advocacy for any adult over age 60 who has either been a victim or witness of a crime in Philadelphia, including older adult victims in long-term care facilities.

Katie Block, MSW, MPH
PAVE Program Supervisor/Victim Advocate
Center for Advocacy for the Rights and Interests of the Elderly
Two Penn Center
1500 JFK Boulevard, Suite 1500
Philadelphia, PA  19102–1728
Phone: 215–545–5728
Email: [email protected]
CARIE is funded through the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency.

Contact VOCA Administrator Kathy Buckley, at [email protected], for more information.
Pennsylvania The Philadelphia Corporation for Aging's Victim Support Program assists Philadelphia residents, over 60 years of age, who are victims of abuse, neglect, or financial exploitation. The team assists victims of crimes in a variety of ways, including accompanying them to court, assisting with transportation and other tasks, and helping to find alternative placement.

Jennifer Mays, VSPS
Victim Support Program Supervisor
Older Adult Protective Services
Philadelphia Corporation for Aging
642 N Broad Street
Philadelphia, PA  19130
Phone: 215–765–9000 ext. 4424
Email: [email protected]
The Philadelphia Corporation for Aging's Victim Support Program is funded through the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency.

Contact VOCA Administrator Derin Myers, at 717–265–8466, for more information.
Pennsylvania SeniorLAW Center provides civil legal services, direct individual representation and community education on a wid e variety of topics to low-income Philadelphia residents who are 60 and over, and legal counseling, advice, information and referral services to seniors throughout Pennsylvania via its statewide SeniorLAW Helpline.

Karen C. Buck, Executive Director
SeniorLAW Center
Two Penn Center
1500 JFK Boulevard, Suite 1501
Philadelphia, PA  19102–1728
Direct: 215–701–3201
Main: 215–988–1244
Email: [email protected]
The SeniorLAW Center is funded through the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency.

Contact VOCA Administrator, Kathy Buckley, at [email protected], for more information.
Tennessee The Collaborative Response to Elder and Vulnerable Adult Abuse (CREVAA) program provides victim advocates who will seamlessly locate, coordinate, and ensure the provision of a variety of victim–centered, direct services and referrals to supplemental resources for elder and vulnerable adult victims of crime across Tennessee.

Laura E. Brown, Esq.
Tennessee Commission on Aging and Disability
502 Deaderick Street, 9th Floor
Andrew Jackson Building
Nashville, TN  37243–0860
Phone: 615–253–4392
Email: [email protected]
CREVAA is funded through the Office of Criminal Justice Programs.

Contact VOCA Administrator, Daina Moran, Deputy Director, Office of Criminal Justice Programs, at 615–253–8758 or [email protected] and see www.tn.gov/finance for more information.
Texas The Senior Justice Assessment Center (SJAC) serves the complex and unique needs of senior victims of abuse, neglect, and/or exploitation through a multidisciplinary team.

Claudia Gonzalez, Program Director, 713–363–2320
Barbara Lopez, Program Manager, 713–363–2382
Senior Justice Assessment Center
2525 Murworth Drive
Houston, TX  77054
SJAC is funded through the Office of Governor Criminal Justice Division.

Contact VOCA Administrator, Zena Hooper, Psy.D, at 512–463–1942 or [email protected], for more information.

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Date Modified: March 31, 2020
Date Created: May 7, 2020