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Elder Support & Protection (ESP) Project

 To report suspected abuse, neglect or mistreatment of an older or vulnerable adult, please call
Tennessee Adult Protective Services at 1-888-APS-TENN (1-888-277-8366)

World Elder Abuse
Awareness Day
in Shelby County
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2004 Grant Accomplishments:  In 2004, the United States Department of Justice's (DOJ) Office on Violence Against Women (OVW) awarded Compass a two-year grant to design a curriculum and implement training workshops for law enforcement officers.

The goal of this sixteen-hour training, located in West Tennessee and North Mississippi, was to assist law enforcement officers in Recognizing, Addressing, and Investigating instances of elder abuse and domestic violence and sexual assault against individuals with disabilities and against older individuals.

The objectives of this training were to:

  • Distinguish the unique issues associated with victims of domestic violence or sexual assault who are elderly or are people with disabilities.
  • Apply the correct Tennessee criminal code and, if required, adult protection statute to an incident of domestic abuse or sexual assault.
  • Apply effective interviewing techniques to situations involving a victim who may be elderly or one with a disability.
  • Apply effective evidence gathering techniques to cases of domestic violence or sexual assault involving a victim who may be elderly or one with a disability.

The Project Partners included the Crime Commission, The Memphis YWCA, and The University of Memphis's Mid South Training Institute.  There were 8 two day training sessions and over 200 law enforcement officers were trained.

Due to its success, DOJ awarded Compass Coordination, Inc. an extension of the highly competitive grant, making it the only agency who received the continuation and one of only nine initial awards nationally. 

2006 Elder Support and Protection (ESP) Grant Expectations:

Compass Coordination, Inc. was awarded the continuation grant addressing (only) Elder Abuse in September 2006 with extensions through June 2010.  The Goal of this grant was to continue to train not only law enforcement officers but also train prosecutors and judges on issues of Elder Abuse and to address the systemic issues between the agencies involved. 

Objectives: 

1) Train law enforcement officers with the Department of Justice's curriculum on the identification, investigation, prosecution and adjudication of cases of elder abuse, exploitation and neglect, including domestic violence and sexual assault. Partners included local information to curriculum to create a 16 hour POST Certified and CEU approved training for law enforcement officers.

2)  Coordinate and establish policies and protocols with Project Partners, through critical dialogue, to improve systemic issues that inhibit the ability for each agency to do their job thoroughly and effectively in protecting vulnerable adults.   

3)  Design an Advanced Law Enforcement Training to address local systemic concerns.

4)  Provide  training to Prosecutors and Judges at a National Conference on Elder Abuse which corresponds with local training to law enforcement.

Accomplishments & Outcomes:
  • Trained over 300 law enforcement officers during nine, two-day training sessions over a two-year period.
  • Trained 5 Judges and 4 Prosecutors from Shelby County in national Elder Abuse trainings.
  • Designated personnel from the Memphis Police Department (MPD), the Shelby County Sheriff's Office (SCSO) and the Shelby County District Attorney General’s Office to specifically handle Elder Abuse cases.
  • Clarified and strengthened processes for transmitting Abuse Reporting Forms from the Adult Protective Services (APS) unit of the state Department of Human Services to the appropriate, local police departments and units.
  • Improved communication between APS, the MPD, the SCSO, and the District Attorney General's Office in cases involving Elder Abuse.
  • Developed Legal Remedies Booklet with project partners as a resource for law enforcement and prosecutors. 
  • Established an Elder Support and Protection Resource (ESPR) group to bring all relevant community stakeholders together on a monthly basis to address and resolve concerns related to Elder Abuse. This is the only group in Shelby County that meets to deal specifically with Elder Abuse issues.
  • Created a Coordinated Community Response (CCR) to Elder Abuse with project partners and other lead organizations in the community which addresses the systemic changes needed to effectively handle Elder Abuse cases.
  • Provided an advanced two-day training on Financial Abuse and Criminal Neglect by nationally recognized and DOJ approved trainers for approximately 40 local law enforcement personnel and 3 prosecutors.

For More Information, Contact:

Patti Tosti, Project Manager
1255 Lynnfield Road, Suite 150
Memphis, Tennessee 38119
voice: 901.682.0500, ext. 263

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The Project Partner Team

Elder Support and Protection Project in Memphis/Shelby County