(COLUMBUS, Ohio)—More than 150 Ohio judges and other professionals are participating in the National Judicial Institute on Domestic Violence: Enhancing Judicial Skills in Elder Abuse Cases August 29 and 30. The event is hosted by Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine's office, the Supreme Court of Ohio, and the Ohio Association of Probate Judges.
"Our office sees this firsthand, how the elderly are many times a vulnerable segment of our society," said Attorney General DeWine. "One of the things I'm proud of in our office is that we continue the tradition of focusing a lot of our attention on the scam artists. And some of these scam artists, literally, focus entirely on the elderly."
The National Judicial Institute makes available expert instructors from across the country. At the Columbus event, about 40 judges from around Ohio and other professionals are learning from more than a dozen instructors about topics that include: Aging and the Dynamics of Elder Abuse, Evidence in Elder Abuse Cases, and Fairness and Culture Issues in Elder Abuse Cases.
The hands-on, interactive workshops give participants a greater understanding of elder abuse issues and the tools and skills to better address them in their local Ohio communities.
A first-ever state symposium on elder abuse issues was included in the state's Two Days in May Victim Assistance Conference earlier this year in Columbus. This institute builds on the pledges made at the symposium to increase research and improve awareness of elder abuse issues.
The National Judicial Institute on Domestic Violence: Enhancing Judicial Skills in Elder Abuse Cases is supported by a grant awarded by the U.S. Department of Justice, Office on Violence Against Women.
Lisa Hackely: 614-466-3840
Mark Moretti: 614-466-3840