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VOCA-Funded Elder Abuse Programs

October 12, 2017

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

If you experience an emergency, call 911. Find your state’s reporting agency at
https://www.justice.gov/elderjustice/
find-support-elder-abuse.

In the last two years, Congress significantly raised the financial cap on Victims of Crime Act (VOCA) funding, quadrupling Fiscal Year 2016 funding that is available to states to support victim services. In addition, the new VOCA Formula Victim Assistance Rule—finalized in August 2016—clarified and expanded states’ allowable uses of VOCA victim assistance funding. With this tremendous increase in funding and the new Rule that clarifies and expands how states may expend the funding, states are looking 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: Tammy.fuller@dhr.alabama.gov
EDAVS is funded by the Alabama Department of Economic and Community Affairs.

Contact VOCA Administrator Derek Yarbrough, at 334–353–3252 or derek.yarbrough@adeca.alabama.gov, 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: david.franklin@medsch.ucr.edu
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 leigh.bills@caloes.ca.gov 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: SJampol@bettzedek.org
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 leigh.bills@caloes.ca.gov 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 leigh.bills@caloes.ca.gov 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: jwalsh@bouldercounty.org
SeniorSafetyNet is funded through the Division of Criminal Justice, Office for Victims Programs.

Contact VOCA Administrator Debbie Kasyon at 303–239–5703 or debbie.kasyon@state.co.us, for more information.
District of Colombia 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: merry@nvrdc.org
DC TROV is funded by the DC Office of Victim Services and Justice Grants.

Contact VOCA Administrator Daniza Figueroa, at 202–442–4936 or daniza.figueroa@dc.gov, 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: SGadd@elderserveinc.org
ElderServe’s Crime Victim Services is funded through the Kentucky Justice & Public Safety Cabinet VOCA Award.

Contact VOCA Administrator Susan LeMay at Susan.LeMay@ky.gov, 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 heather.tyler@maine.gov, 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: jmartin@mainelse.org
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 heather.tyler@maine.gov, 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: ealt@mdlab.org
Maryland Legal Aid is funded through the Governor’s Office of Crime Control and Prevention.

Contact VOCA Administrator Kimberly Herndon, at 410–697–9312 or Kimberly.Herndon@maryland.gov, 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: marcia_langer@co.washington.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 cathy.l.relang@doj.state.or.us, 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: Barbara@eldersinaction.org
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 cathy.l.relang@doj.state.or.us, 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: block@carie.org
CARIE is funded through the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency.

Contact VOCA Administrator Kathy Buckley, at kabuckley@pa.gov, for more information.
Pennsylvania SeniorLAW Center provides civil legal services, direct individual representation and community education on a wide 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: KBuck@SeniorLAWCenter.org
The SeniorLAW Center is funded through the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency.

Contact VOCA Administrator, Kathy Buckley, at kabuckley@pa.gov, 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: laura.brown@tn.gov
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 Daina.Moran@tn.gov 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 zena.hooper@gov.texas.gov, for more information.
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