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NCJ Number: 213340 Find in a Library
Title: Partnering with Faith Communities to Provide Elder Fraud Prevention, Intervention, and Victim Services
Series: OVC Others
Author(s): Lisa Curtis
Corporate Author: Office for Victims of Crime
US Dept of Justice
Office of Justice Programs
United States of America
Date Published: April 2006
Page Count: 8
Sponsoring Agency: Office for Victims of Crime
Washington, DC 20531
OVC Resource Ctr
Rockville, MD 20849-6000
Sale Source: OVC Resource Ctr
P.O. Box 6000
Rockville, MD 20849-6000
United States of America
Document: HTML
Type: Program/Project Description
Format: Document
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This report highlights the innovative collaboration between the Denver district attorney’s office and more than 200 faith community partners in Denver in the prevention and intervention of elder fraud and lessons learned that may be beneficial to other communities across the country interested in developing similar initiatives.
Abstract: Results by the Colorado State University Cooperative Extension Service (CSU) of the Communities Against Senior Exploitation (CASE) Partnership indicate that CASE used research and innovative strategies, effectively reached older adults, were innovative in reaching goals, provided followup reinforcement, successfully reached different cultures, and established a network to prevent or report fraud. In addition, lessons learned as to what worked and what did not work is presented. Highlights of lessons learned, specifically what worked include: (1) having measurable goals; (2) having a project director and outreach specialist; (3) using a variety of marketing methods and contacts to reach clergy and lay leaders; (4) moving toward one-on-one partner recruiting rather than clergy trainings; (5) inviting a victim of elder financial exploitation to share their story at clergy trainings; and (6) asking the clergy and lay leaders to sign partnership commitment forms. What did not work was minimal but included: mailing invitations to clergy, calling directly on minority communities without adequately building bridges through key persons from these communities, and marketing the formal 3-hour clergy seminars to those who were more skeptical. The CASE Partnership, developed by the Denver district attorney’s office with Federal support from the U.S. Department of Justice, Office for Victims of Crime, addresses the problem of elder fraud. The partnership was funded between the district attorney’s office and specific faith-based organizations to provide community-based services for elder financial fraud prevention, intervention, reporting, and victim support. CSU staff conducted an evaluation process to measure the effectiveness of the CASE Partnership in addressing the issue of elder fraud in Denver. Survey evaluation instruments were designed to determine the level of awareness and knowledge gained related to fraud, changes in behavior for avoiding fraudulent situations, and changes in financial fraud detection and reporting.
Main Term(s): Elderly victims
Index Term(s): Community crime prevention programs; Community involvement; Community support; Crime prevention measures; Crimes against the elderly; Fraud; Fraud and abuse prevention measures; Interagency cooperation; Older Adults (65+)
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