Elder Abuse/Neglect

Elder Abuse in Indian Country

OVC is hosting a web forum November 4th from 2-3pm ET: Serving Elder Abuse Victims in Indian Country. You can submit questions in advance and then return to the site on the 4th for some real-time discussion. If you can’t make it, all the answers will be archived and available for review at a later date.

This Web Forum discussion will be with Melissa E. Riley, a member of the Mescalero Apache Tribe of New Mexico, and will focus on best practices for serving elder abuse victims in Indian Country. Ms. Riley manages the Counseling and Faith-Based Services for Crime Victims in Indian Country Training and Technical Assistance Project for Unified Solutions, where she conducts research, develops culturally appropriate training materials for American Indian and Alaska Native communities, and provides training and technical assistance to faith-based grantees. She has spent several years working with tribal communities on elder abuse investigation, elder program development, and modifications to community elder protection codes. Ms. Riley has incorporated her knowledge and experience as a medical assistant into her work addressing elder abuse, which has elicited a positive response from the community and increased collaboration between tribal service providers.