CALL-North Shore Kickoff: A Successful Start

North Shore Elder Services (NSES) is excited to announce the official kickoff of Confronting Abuse in Later Life (CALL)—North Shore. CALL-North Shore is a three-year initiative funded by the Office on Violence Against Women of the U.S. Department of Justice. NSES is partnering with HAWC (Healing Abuse Working for Change), the Salem Police Department, the Essex County District Attorney’s office, and The Network/La Red to create a collaborative response to incidents of abuse, neglect, and financial exploitation of adults age 50 and over. Grant activities include day-long training for approximately one hundred law enforcement personnel and four hundred service providers; new and enhanced services for victims; and the development of an interdisciplinary, coordinated community response to support victims and hold perpetrators accountable.

On October 8, NSES was honored to host national trainers, Bonnie Brandl, director of the National Clearinghouse on Abuse in Later Life (NCALL), and Tara Patet, Senior Prosecutor from the St. Paul, MN City Attorney’s office. We were joined by eighty colleagues throughout the service area representing domestic violence and sexual assault services, elder services, healthcare, home care, protective services, law enforcement, housing, legal assistance, disability services, and public policy.

For more information on grant activities, training opportunities, or ways to be involved, contact Candace Waldron, CALL-North Shore Project Coordinator, cwaldron@nselder.org or 978-406-4607

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Jayne Girodat

Jayne Girodat is the Communications Specialist at North Shore Elder Services. Along with ten years in the position of Caregiver Support Specialist at another ASAP, Jayne was a long-distance caregiver to parents for the same amount of time. That experience serves as motivation to better understand the issues of aging and to engage people in conversations about those issues. Jayne's background in teaching contributes to her appreciation of social media as a tool to educate readers on aging concerns. "I love asking people questions. Everyone likes to be heard. When you ask and then listen, you'll find everyone has a story and some of those stories are gems. I think it is particularly important to hear the voices of our older adults. Those are the stories I really connect to and hope to bring to North Shore Elder Services' audience."

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