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DHS news release

May 11, 2004

Contact: Nadine Jelsing (503) 945-5950
Program Contact: Aileen P. Kaye (503) 945-6399

Abuse of elders, people with disabilities focus of training in 11 Oregon towns


A training program sponsored by the Oregon Department of Human Services (DHS) is scheduled in 11 more communities to help educate prosecutors, police, judges, and court personnel about the special needs of seniors and people with disabilities who are victims of abuse, sexual assault, and domestic violence. The goal of the program, called A Just Response, is to improve victim safety and offender accountability.

Abuse of elders and those with physical or mental disabilities is increasing. Officials say many will be victimized by their own family members, paid caregivers, and con artists.

"We must ensure that older persons and people with disabilities who are victims of abuse, domestic violence and sexual assault have equal access to the criminal justice system," says Aileen Kaye, a grants coordinator in the abuse prevention unit at DHS. "These training sessions are helping protect some of our most vulnerable citizens and the response has been very heartening."

Training topics include investigative strategies and response protocols; interviewing procedures; barriers in reporting and participating in the criminal justice system; and available community resources. All trainings are free and scheduled from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Prosecutors, law enforcement, court personnel, or judges who would like to attend are requested to call (503) 945-6399 in advance for a registration form. Continuing education credits are available and lunch will be provided.

Eleven sessions remain in the following cities:

Coos Bay: Friday, May 14, at Lighthouse South Coast Hospice, 1620 Thompson Rd.

The Dalles: Monday, June 28, at Cousins Restaurant, 2114 W. 6th St.

Pendleton: Tuesday, June 29, at Red Lion, 304 S.E. Nye Ave.

Ontario: Wednesday, July 14, at the DHS Building, Snake River Room, 186 E. Lane.

La Grande: Friday, July 16, at Blue Mountain Conference Center, 404 12th St.

Bend: Tuesday, August 10, at Bend Riverhouse, 3075 N. Business 97.

John Day: Thursday, August 12, at Outpost Restaurant, 203 W. Main.

Klamath Falls: Friday, August 27, at Shilo Inn, 2500 Almond St.

Salem: Tuesday, September 28, at Red Lion, 3301 Market St. N.E.

Oregon City: Wednesday, September 29, at Willamette Falls Hospital, Community Health Education Center, 519 15th St.

Portland: Thursday, September 30, at Hilton Garden Inn, Portland Airport, 12048 N.E. Airport Way.

In addition, there are three special tribal trainings scheduled for:

 

Coos Tribes - Coos Bay: Thursday, May 13, at Tribal Hall, 338 Wallace St.

Klamath Tribes - Chiloquin: Friday, Aug. 27, at Klamath Tribal Administration Office, 501 S. Chiloquin Blvd.

Umatilla Tribes - Pendleton: Wednesday, June 30, at Tamastlikt Cultural Institute, 72789 Highway 331.

A Just Response training is supported by a grant from the Office on Violence Against Women in the U.S. Department of Justice.

Training sessions have already been held in Corvallis, Hillsboro, Eugene, Grand Ronde, Roseburg, Grants Pass and Astoria.