Elder Service Connections (aka 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 Bryne 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 will provide client-directed victim services to MAPS clients.
This project seeks to develop an evidence-based practice to intervene with individuals experiencing elder mistreatment and to address a gap in services for older victims. It would represent one of the largest pieces of APS intervention research to date with potential to introduce innovative practices into APS service delivery in other regions across the country. We are very pleased to a part of this important project.
Click this link to read more about the project.
Martha's Story: A Lifetime of Walking on Eggshells
Touching and intensely personal, this is Martha’s Story of "emancipation" from Jim, her abusive husband. The video chronicles the gradual progression of the abuse–the control, the isolation from family and friends, the constant threats and intimidation and finally, Martha’s finding the courage to reach out for help.
In her own words and memories, Martha’s hindsight on her 51 years of abuse is hard won and honest, and as much a catharsis for herself as a clarion call for other abuse victims to realize that there is a way out with the hope and the opportunity to begin again.
"We were very moved by Martha's Story and think this is a great contribution toward educating others."
"A must see for healthcare, legal, social, and protective service providers."
Michelle Zallar, National Clearing House on Abuse in Later Life
This video is available for purchase to use as a training resource through Terra Nova Films. Information can be found here.
Transitional Housing: Martha's Cottage
The Transitional Housing Initiative was launched in 2009 through funding from the Department of Justice Office on Violence Against Women. Through this program, we provide transitional housing and supportive services to older Maine residents who are victims of abuse and who are in need of transitional housing and supportive services to live free from abuse and mistreatment. to escape this violence.
Through this program, known as Martha's Cottage, we have offered housing and supportive community-based services to over 300 men and women in Maine. All of our services are provided at no cost to our clients. Learn more about the program here.
Downeast Magazine featured our transitional housing program in October 2016.
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.
Please email Outreach Coordinator, Chris Wolff (firstname.lastname@example.org) if you would like to download and print any of these posters, or if you would like to receive copies by mail.