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NCJ Number: 250277 Find in a Library
Title: Inside the Black Box: The Case Review Process of an Elder Abuse Forensic Center
Journal: The Gerontologist  Volume:56  Issue:4  Dated:2016  Pages:772-781
Author(s): Adria E. Navarro; Julia Wysong; Marguerite DeLiema; Elizabeth L. Schwartz; Michael B. Nichol; Kathleen H. Wilber
Date Published: 2016
Page Count: 10
Sponsoring Agency: National Institute of Justice (NIJ)
Washington, DC 20531
Document: HTML
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This article provides a case review of elder abuse forensic centers to provide a process designed to efficiently address client safety, client welfare, and protection of assets.
Abstract: Preliminary evidence suggests that elder abuse forensic centers improve victim welfare by increasing necessary prosecutions and conservatorships, and reducing the recurrence of protective service referrals. Center team members gather information and make decisions designed to protect clients and their assets, yet the collective process of how these case reviews are conducted remains unexamined. The purpose of this study is to present a model describing the interprofessional approach of investigation and response to financial exploitation (FE), a frequent and complex type of abuse of vulnerable adults. To develop an understanding of the case review process at the Los Angeles County Elder Abuse Forensic Center (Center), a quasi-Delphi field study approach was used involving direct observations of meetings, surveying team members, and review from the Center’s Advisory Council. The goal of this iterative analysis was to understand the case review process for suspected FE in Los Angeles County. A process map of key forensic center elements was developed that may be useful for replication in other settings. The process map includes: (a) multidisciplinary data collection, (b) key decisions for consideration, and (c) strategic actions utilized by an interprofessional team focused on elder justice. Study findings provide a process map that may help other communities replicate an established multidisciplinary team, one experienced with justice system outcomes designed to protect FE victims.
Main Term(s): Elder Abuse
Index Term(s): Crimes against the elderly; Elderly victim services; Elderly victims; Forensic Laboratories; Institutional elder abuse; Multidisciplinary Teams; National Institute of Justice (NIJ); NIJ grant-related documents
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