Tomorrow the Senate Special Committee on Aging will hold a hearing sponsored by Chairman Herb Kohl (D-WI) and Ranking Member Bob Corker (R-TN) to address effective and cost-saving responses to elder abuse, neglect and financial exploitation. JWI has played a lead role in organizing the hearing and in encouraging an increased federal commitment.

The Committee is asking for testimony in support of scaling up federal efforts to respond to elder abuse, neglect and financial exploitation. They are looking for testimony from organizations and individuals with expertise in elder abuse or a commitment to serving older Americans. They are interested in why this is important issue for your community, why increased federal leadership is needed and what actions should be taken, and in receiving any new prevalence data or information about recent incidents of abuse. The deadline for written testimony is March 16th.

If you would like to submit testimony for the record, please e-mail it to: . Visit the Jewish Women International website for further information on how to submit testimony.

Tomorrow’s hearing is open to the public and will be webcast live from the Senate Aging Committee’s website

Testifying witnesses include Mickey Rooney, Actor and Survivor of Elder Abuse; Dr. Mark Lachs, Weill Medical College of Cornell University; Kathleen Quinn, National Adult Protective Services Association (NAPSA); M.T. Connolly, Life Long Justice (LLJ); Bonnie Brandl, Wisconsin Coalition Against Domestic Violence, National Clearinghouse on Abuse in Later Life (NCALL); and Kay Brown from the Government Accountability Office.

Recommendations from the hearing could have important implications for the elder abuse programs funded by the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) which is scheduled for reauthorization later this year. JWI will be following this issue and others related to continued funding for VAWA in the months ahead. Please share a copy of your testimony and let me know if you have any questions.


Michelle Freeman
Senior Policy and Advocacy Specialist