Elder abuse forensic centers: Interdisciplinary collaborations enhance effectiveness and efficiency

Saturday, March 31, 2012: 9:50 AM-11:10 AM
Nob Hill C (San Francisco Marriott Marquis)
Kerry Burnight, PhD, University of California, Irvine

Mary Twomey, MSW, University of California, Irvine

Presentation Format:
Innovative/Promising Practice Program Report

Learning Objectives:
  1. Recognize how the Forensic Center benefits clinicians, advocates, policy makers, social workers and patients
  2. Identify the outcomes from having a Forensic Center
  3. Assess existing resources in your community and identify what else is needed to start a Forensic Center
To address the growing problem of abuse of vulnerable adults, UC Irvine started the world’s first Elder Abuse Forensic Center. This multidisciplinary team is comprised of physicians, psychologists, law enforcement, DV advocates, and social workers. In addition to weekly conferences, the team makes joint home visits to abuse victims in order to conduct physical and psychological evaluations. Research shows that cases that come through the FC are 10 times more likely to be prosecuted than those that do not.