"Now I spend time with my family and it's such a joy. I am making up for lost time because I was never allowed to see them before. Sometimes I want to pinch myself because life is this good."
Through our Martha's Cottage Program, we provide no-cost transitional housing for those who require safe, confidential support to escape abuse. While residing in our cottages, our staff work closely with survivors to link them to services and help them move toward long-term tenancy in permanent, safe housing.
Elder Service Connections (Capstone Project)
In October 2018, The State of Maine Adult Protective Services (MAPS) was awarded a three year intervention research grant from Administration for Community Living (ACL) to work in partnership Dr. David Burns from the University of Toronto, national MacArthur Fellow and Elder Justice Expert, MT Connolly, the Elder Abuse Institute of Maine and a team of national researchers to launch a comprehensive service delivery model that provided client-directed victim services to Maine Adult Protective Services (MAPS) clients in Maine's Cumberland and York Counties.
This project developed an evidence-based practice to intervene with individuals experiencing elder mistreatment and addressed gaps in services for older victims. It represented one of the largest pieces of APS intervention research to date. In partnership with MAPS, we have been able to secure funding in 2021 to replicate this model across all counties in Maine starting in July, 2021.
Click this link to read more about the original research project.
We provide multi-disciplinary elder abuse awareness and response workshops, conference presentations, exhibits, and community talks throughout the State of Maine and for a variety of groups and programs. Since the Covid-19 pandemic, we have moved our outreach work to the virtual environment.
We are involved in efforts to provide much needed data to address long-standing gaps in research to improve the growing public health crisis of elder mistreatment, both in Maine and nationally.
A Helping Voice
To evaluate how the Elder Abuse Institute of Maine might best extend its victim services beyond those it currently offers through its Transitional Housing Support Program, in 2016 we surveyed community service providers across the state whose experiences might indicate challenges or gaps in Maine’s existing service landscape.
The online survey was distributed via email link to 360 individuals (who were also invited to forward the link to colleagues) from across law enforcement, legal services, emergency services, domestic violence services, sexual assault services, aging and disability services, general assistance, housing, medical services, banking, and faith organizations throughout the state’s sixteen counties. A series of follow-up interviews were later conducted to gather additional information.
A Overview of the FIndings of the Assessment can be downloaded here.
The following posters were created as part of a project to spread awareness about elder abuse, to increase knowledge and understanding of the issue, and to share the resources available to assist people. Each poster offers a slightly different message, but they all share consistent language designed to encourage people to report their concerns. We invite you to helps share these posters across your networks in a variety of ways:
Post them on your agency bulletin board or in your staff break room
Include them as graphics in your newsletters, or
Print and distribute them at educational events.