Attorney General Brad Schimel announced the U.S. Department of Justice Office on Violence Against Women (OVW) is awarding the Wisconsin Department of Justice (DOJ) $1.25 million to fight elder abuse. The grant program will provide funding to DOJ, in order to train and organize elder abuse response teams in four diverse project sites across the state.

“DOJ’s efforts to support victims of elder abuse are growing and growing,” said Schimel. “Our elderly population is increasing rapidly, and so are the crimes that are being committed against them. $1.25 million will go a long way towards developing a strong multidisciplinary response to elder abuse in our communities.”

The “Abuse in Later Life” grant program focuses on providing training and advanced victim services on elder abuse at project sites in Wisconsin. Funding will support program coordinators at DOJ, costs for train-the-trainer courses, development of a coordinated community response, and local training costs. Also, over $300,000 will be used directly for elder victim services in each project site. 

In August 2017, Attorney General Schimel created the Task Force on Elder Abuse to develop recommendations and resources to address this growing public safety issue with the Wisconsin Bankers Association as a founding member of the task force. 

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