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NCJ Number: 162326 Find in a Library
Title: Assisting Senior Victims
Journal: FBI Law Enforcement Bulletin  Volume:65  Issue:2/3  Dated:(February/March 1996)  Pages:6-9
Author(s): L Bliss
Date Published: 1996
Page Count: 4
Document: HTML
Type: Program/Project Description
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This paper describes how the Senior Victim Assistance Team (SVAT) works in Colorado Springs.
Abstract: The team, which is staffed by volunteers, exists primarily to aid seniors and to allow a responding officer to get to the next call for service in a timely manner. Team members have assisted at car accident scenes, listened to the fears and frustrations of robbery victims, transported domestic violence victims to a safehouse, and referred seniors to appropriate agencies such as a legal aid society. Initial training for SVAT members lasts 40 hours over a 12-week period, and new team members are then paired with an experienced member for 2 weeks. Training provides information on, among other subjects, community resources, counseling and communication skills, how to use police radios, how the judicial process functions, and how to spot scams that target seniors. Volunteers must be willing to be on call for a week at a time, around the clock, on a rotating basis. A team such as this can be the beginning of a police volunteer program or be incorporated into an existing one.
Main Term(s): Elderly victims
Index Term(s): Colorado; Community involvement; Crimes against the elderly; Elderly victim services; Police; Victim services training; Volunteer programs; Volunteers
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