Strengthening the Economic Security of Older Victims of Domestic Violence
Providing comprehensive, expanded, holistic legal services to older survivors of domestic violence to ensure their safe housing and financial independence.
SeniorLAW Center, a legal services and domestic violence services provider, is proud to bring enhanced critical services to older survivors of domestic violence through a generous grant provided by the Department of Justice, Office on Violence Against Women. Older survivors are easy prey to those who live in their homes and/or support them financially. Without ensuring that abusers cannot live with their victims, without ensuring that victims are free from financial manipulation by their abusers, and without ensuring additional means of financial independence and economic security, senior survivors are more likely to be dependent upon their abusers and to continue in or return to their abusive situations. By expanding the existing services we provide to include a broad range of holistic services to address senior victims’ housing, safety and economic security, we will promote dignity and independence. These expanded services include:
- – Legal actions to assist survivors in having their abusers removed from their homes.
- – Spousal support actions.
- – Legal assistance with housing issues (including fraudulent deed transfers and ejectments) to guarantee that the senior survivor can remain in his/her home.
- – Legal assistance to prevent or address abuse by Social Security Representative Payee and/or Power of Attorney.
- – Providing information on and assistance with emergency and other financial assistance for crime victims.
- – Assessing other physical, emotional and emergency needs of our domestic violence clients and connecting them to resources to address those additional needs resulting from the victimization, including food, clothing and shelter.
- – Connecting survivors to resources to change locks, install security bars and other immediate safety needs.
*This Project is supported by Grant Number 2014-WL-AX-0023 awarded by the Office on Violence Against Women, U.S. Department of Justice. The opinions, findings, conclusions and recommendations expressed in this publication are those of SeniorLAW Center and do not necessarily reflect the views of the Department of Justice, Office on Violence Against Women.