Anne Marie Hunter - Elder Abuse In Faith Communities - Recorded
Many victims and survivors of elder abuse turn to their faith communities for help. The faith community's response is critical. This webinar is designed for all clergy, faith leaders, and therapists who want to know more about elder abuse, how to respond, and where to refer, as well as for advocates who are building partnerships with faith communities.
Dec 13, 2011
from 11:00 am to 12:00 pm
Anne Marie Hunter, M.Div., Ph.D.,
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The U.S. population is aging. The number of persons 65 years or older will increase to 71.5 million (20%) by 2030. A 2009 Department of Justice study reports that 11% of Americans 60 and older experienced at least one incident of elder abuse in the past year. This means that every day, older Americans are physically, sexually and verbally abused; denied basic necessities; neglected; and financially exploited -- often at the hands of spouses, partners, family members, or those on whom they rely for care. Victims suffer physical, emotional, financial, and spiritual harm, resulting in mental and spiritual anguish, increased medical expenses, financial losses, and premature death.
Studies show that faith communities are one of the first places that older Americans who are experiencing abuse turn for help. One researcher comments, "Faith communities can play a critical role in the prevention of elder abuse and neglect . . . as well as providing services to abused elders in the community."
This recorded webinar will focus on how faith leaders (clergy and lay) can respond compassionatey, safely, and effectively to victims, while partnering with advocates and other community resources to provide helpful referrals. The webinar will help you:
• recognize the signs of elder abuse
• offer support and information to victims
• find and partner with local resources
• learn more about mandated reporting
• access educational resources
Anne Marie Hunter, M.Div., Ph.D., is founder and Director of Safe Havens Interfaith Partnership Against Domestic Violence and a United Methodist pastor. Rev. Hunter has worked for two battered women's service programs, pastored a vital and growing parish, and trained numerous Jewish, Muslim, and Christian clergy and lay leaders about faith-based responses to domestic violence. Since 2008, Rev. Hunter has worked to address faith-based responses to elder abuse through an OVW-funded partnership between Safe Havens and NCALL.
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