The first agency to respond to a report of elderly abuse,
in most states, is Adult Protective Services (APS).
Its role is to investigate abuse cases, intervene, and offer
services and advice. Again, the power and scope of APS varies
from state to state. However, every state has at least one
abuse hotline or helpline for reporting elder abuse in
the home, in the community, or in nursing homes and other
longterm care facilities. In addition, information and referral
are also available from the national Eldercare Locator:
Florida Elder Crime Practitioner Designation
Offers individuals who are concerned about the vulnerability of the
elderly; the reduction of elderly criminal victimization; and improving
quality of life.
Against the Elderly and Disabled
40 - hour course provides
training designed to increase understanding of the laws affecting the
elderly and disabled; recognizes specific crimes and the impact of
those crimes; and familiarizes the participant with criminal justice
and social service resources.
Issues and Comprehensive Approaches
24 - hour course provides
instruction on the aging impact on the community; comprehensive
and multi-disciplinary approaches; determines differences in personal
judgement capacity to consent; addresses common addictions among the
elderly; and the Florida victims compensation program .
Law Enforcement Role in Elder Crimes
24 - hour course
provides instruction on the role law enforcement plays in elder
abuse prevention; understanding Florida’s residential facility
system; abuse, neglect and sexual abuse of elderly persons and disabled
adults; Florida law; and practical investigative techniques. Students
must pass a written examination at the conclusion of each course. Upon
successful completion of the three required courses, the designation
Elder Crime Practitioner Designation will be awarded by the
Attorney General’s Office.
Information supplied from the Office
of the Attorney General of Florida