Approaches to Elder Justice
There is increasing interest, in Maine and around the country, in using restorative justice in elder abuse cases. Restorative approaches to justice focus on repairing the harms done to a victim or a community and require that the alleged abuser take accountability for the damage done. The goal is to reduce existing harm, prevent future harm, and better address the needs and wishes of victims and communities.
Restorative approaches (that are broader than traditional restorative justice, and usually used in conjunction with other methods) are uniquely suited for elder abuse. Many older adult victims do not want the person harming them to be punished, as that person is often a caregiver or family member with their own struggles. This means many older adults are reluctant to seek out or accept help
We are thrilled to be expanding options for older victims in Maine through restorative approaches to elder justice.