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NYS Judicial Committee on Elder Justice

NYS Judicial Committee on Elder Justice

NYS Judicial Committee on Elder Justice Sub-Committees

Justice Kaplan has been charged with developing programs and protocols to improve how the court system addresses the growing number of cases involving the state’s older population. Toward that end, she has met with over 150 stakeholders including – NYPD Chief of the Domestic Violence Unit, NYPD Deputy Commissioner for Collaborative Policing, Department for the Aging Officials, APS’s Acting Deputy Commissioner, various prosecutors from the DA’s offices from around the state and the Attorney General’s office which handle elder abuse matters, representatives from a number of legal services agencies from around the state, other members of the Bar, representatives from JASA, The Harry and Jeannette Weinberg Center for Elder Abuse Prevention, LiveON NY, Brookdale Center for Healthy Aging and clinical law professors who handle issues involving older litigants. There has been an overwhelming expression of welcome and appreciation among these many groups that the Court system has affirmatively entered the conversation in this area.

Justice Kaplan then convened an Elder Justice Working Group which, pursuant to a recent Administrative Order, is now a standing committee of courts – The NYS Judicial Committee on Elder Justice. The committee had its first meeting in September 2015, after which subcommittees were created, and goals and a timetable for accomplishing them were set. The subcommittees are as follows: Community Outreach, Education, Interagency Coordination, Legislative Initiatives, Policy and Procedures and Technology, Research and Data Collection.


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Resource Guides

Understanding and Preventing Financial Exploitation of Vulnerable Older Adults

Elder Resource Directory Guide

New York City Elder Abuse Network Resource Directory

Elder Justice Resource Directory – Counties Outside New York City

NYS Coalition on Elder Abuse Resources and Links

Onondaga County Legal Resource Manual for Abuse in Later Life


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Resources in NY State

Resources for Victims of Elder Abuse - The New York County District Attorney's Office

New York City Department for the Aging

NYC Department for the Aging Elder Abuse Subway and Bus Campaign: April 18 – May 22, 2016

New York State - Office of Children and Family Services – Bureau of Adult Services

New York State Office for the Aging

New York City Elder Abuse Center

The Elder Justice League - NYC Elder Abuse Center

Brookdale Center for Healthy Aging

The Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Center for Elder Abuse Prevention at the Hebrew Home at Riverdale

Jewish Association Serving the Aging

Lifespan of Greater Rochester, NY

Neighborhood Selfhelp by Older Persons Project (SHOPP) Bronx, New York

New York Asian Women’s Center

Coalition on Elder Abuse in Dutchess County

Tips for Preventing Elder Financial Exploitation

Court Help DIY Forms – Uncontested Divorce, Custody/Visitation, Child Support, Guardianship and More

Evergreen Network – information about elder abuse


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National Resources

Aging in Place

Preventing and Responding to Domestic & Sexual Violence in Later Life

Sexual Violence in Later Life Fact Sheet

National Clearinghouse on Abuse in Later Life

Center for Elders and the Courts
A project of the National Center for State Courts (this site includes a benchcard – Identifying and Responding to Elder Abuse)

The Elder Justice Coalition

National Judicial Institute on Domestic Violence - Enhancing Judicial Skills in Elder Abuse Cases Workshop

National Committee for the Prevention of Elder Abuse

US Department of Justice – Elder Justice Initiative

2015 White House Conference on Aging

Elder Population Statistics

Office for Victims of Crime – Elder Abuse
OVC is a component of the Office of Justice Programs, US Department of Justice

National Center on Elder Abuse
Elder Justice Roadmap Project Report

National Institute of Justice

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Community Living, Administration on Aging (AoA)

Elder Abuse Surveillance: Uniform Definitions and Recommended Core Data Elements (PDF)

Late Life Domestic Violence: What the Aging Network Needs to Know

Domestic Abuse in Later Life

Domestic Violence in Later Life

Alliance: Factsheets: Elder Abuse and the Law

Elder Abuse: Domestic Violence, Self-Neglect and Financial Exploitation

The Prevalence of Elder Abuse: A Random Sample Survey

National Center on Elder Abuse Administration on Aging Statistics and Data

Elder Abuse Prevalence and Incidence

Elderly Abuse Statistics – Statistic Brain

Aging America: Elder abuse on the rise - NBC News

NIJ Journal Issue No. 255: Elder Abuse in the United States - National Institute of Justice

CDC: Elder Abuse Resources

National Resource Center on LGBT Aging

SAGE – Services & Advocacy for Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual & Transgender Elders – Elder Abuse

Department of Justice Launches 10 Regional Elder Justice Task Forces

Elder Abuse, U.S. GAO

Financial Fraud Research Center


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International Resources

NGO Committee on Ageing, Geneva


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Publications of Interest

Under the Radar
New York State Elder Abuse Prevalence Study
(May 2011) Prepared by Lifespan of Greater Rochester, Inc., Weill Cornell Medical Center of Cornell University, New York City Department for the Aging

National Institute of Justice Research in Brief, Understanding Elder Abuse, New Directions for Developing Theories of Elder Abuse Occurring in Domestic Settings
by Shelly L. Jackson, Ph.D. and Thomas L. HafeMeister, J.D., Ph.D.

American Screen Legend’s Emotional Appeal To Congress To Stop ‘Chronic Elder Abuse In America’
The Huffington Post Sep 19, 2015

Why Have Our Parents Become Targets for Financial Abuse?
The Huffington Post Oct 05, 2015

How to Detect Elder Abuse

“Sweepstake Delusion’ May Have Medical Explanation”
Reprinted with permission from the “February 20, 2015 edition of the “New York Law Journal”© “2015” ALM Media Properties, LLC. All rights reserved. Further duplication without permission is prohibited, contact 877-257-3382 or

For elderly, stigma of domestic violence keeps it hidden

To Combat Elder Abuse, Doormen are Elisted to Keep a Watchful Eye

The Dark Side of Caregiving: Elder Abuse News

How to Detect Elder Abuse

Elder abuse may be more common than people think

Why Have our Parents Become Targets for Financial Abuse? 10/05/2015

(Retiring) A Hidden Scourge: Preying on the Elderly
NY Times 11/28/15

Mickey Rooney Claims Elder Abuse

Mickey Rooney: 'I Was Told To Shut Up!'

Top Scams Targeting Seniors

Domestic violence a hidden problem among the elderly - News -

Government Report Finds Elder Abuse on the Rise - The New York Times

Courthouse Dogs Foundation uses trained facility dogs to provide emotional support in court
Fall 2015 / Winter 2016 issue of Sooner Lawyer, a publication of the University of Oklahoma College of Law

“Heightened Emotional States Increase Susceptibility to Fraud in Older Adults,” Stanford Center on Longevity


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Intern Articles


Improving Access to the Courts for Older New Yorkers

Improving Court Access for the Elderly in New York by Joshua Somach

Implementation of Best Practices for Accommodating Elders in the NY Court System by Alex Greenberg

How to Make Courtrooms More Accommodating For Older New Yorkers by Anthony Vernikov

Improving Courtroom Access for Older Adults by Caleb Ewing



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