The Elder Abuse Forensic Center offers a number of services including:
  • Multi-agency team case review and action plans
  • In-home medical and mental status evaluations
  • In-home evidentiary investigation
  • Taped victim interviews
  • Education and training
  • Consultation

All coordinated services ultimately provide assistance to seniors and adults with disabilities who have been allegedly abused or neglected.

Team Case Review:
To provide the most comprehensive service, the multi-agency team reviews cases assigned to the Center. The core team consists of Adult Protective Services, the Vulnerable Adults Specialist Team, the Sheriff's Department and the police officers from the case's jurisdiction, the Office of the District Attorney, Victim's Services, and the Ombudsman are available to offer advice when appropriate. The team assists the referring agency to ensure the safety of the older or dependent adult. The goal of each plan is to keep the client safely at home or in the least restrictive care setting. While formal case reviews occur weekly, informal meetings occur daily between the agencies.

Home Medical Assessment/Investigation:
When necessary, the Center's physicians, psychologists, law enforcement officers, deputy district attorneys and social service providers evaluate and assist the at-risk adult at home. The home setting is the best setting because:
  • This is where the vulnerable adult is most comfortable
  • Health, safety, and care-giving information can be obtained by evaluating the client's living environment

Education and Training:
Education and training are key components to the Center. Medical students, residents, and University of California, Irvine College of Medicine and other colleges of medicine receive training in elder abuse at the center.

In addition to educating students, the Elder Abuse Forensic Center will eventually serve as a national training center, where professionals from across the country can gain useful training on the medical and forensic aspects of abuse (physical, sexual, emotional, financial) and neglect, in-home medical and mental status assessment strategies, law enforcement requirements, civil remedies, and steps in initiating inter-agency collaboration.

Consultation:
In addition to serving seniors in Orange County, the Elder Abuse Forensic Center is accessible to medical and forensic professionals in other areas of the country via phone consultation, tele-consultation, record/photo/video review, and email. This feature provides accessibility to much needed expertise without duplicating infrastructure costs.


For additional information, visit www.centeronelderabuse.org.
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