Abuse of the Elderly Law Enforcement Perspective

Abuse of the Elderly Law Enforcement Perspective

12-10-19 1:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Central Illinois Police Training Center
Address: 5407 North University Street Poplar Hall P101


Brian Fengel, Director
Illinois Central College-Peoria Campus-Poplar Hall
Office P100
Classroom P101
5407 N. University Street P100
Peoria, IL 61635-0001
Phone: (309) 690-7350
Fax: (309) 690-7359
Jean Swan: jswan@icc.edu
Heather Grove: hgrove@icc.edu

Abuse of the Elderly
Law Enforcement Perspective

Instructor: Gail Sullivan, MA

December 10, 2019
1pm – 5pm

Class will meet in our classroom (above)
Enrollment Deadline: December 3, 2019
Course Size: Minimum -15, Maximum – 64
Course Objective

Purpose of Course

This 1/2 day program has been designed with the purpose of addressing the issue of abuse towards an elderly victim. The demographics of America are such that by the year 2030 almost 20% of the population will be over 65 years of age. Approximately 2 million American seniors are abused, neglected, or exploited each year. Research tells us that for every report of abuse, five go unreported. This will increase the number of this category of crime to an overwhelming level. Elder abused is a crime that is fundamentally different from classic domestic violence. Law enforcement officers will handle these types of crimes more frequently as the population of senior citizens increase in the near future.  This course will assist the officer in being able to understand this crime in a comprehensive manner.

Course Description

Elder abuse is a crime whose numbers are increasing as America ages. This course will provide the officer with the knowledge to better understand this form of abuse and to be able to better utilize police discretion when the situation calls for it. The training will review the current laws that effect elder abuse.

Course Content

The goal of this course is to increase awareness of elder abuse and the laws that will assist the law enforcement professional.  In order to achieve this goal, focus will be specifically placed upon:

  • Overview of scope of elder abuse
  • Elder-Abuse Offenders: A Typology
  • First responders role in elder abuse
  • Police interactions with citizens
  • Physical, sexual, financial, neglect, emotional elder abuse
  • Offender justifications and cognitive distortions
  • Myths and Facts regarding aging and elder capability
  • Differences between classic domestic violence and elder abuse
  • Cultural diversity awareness when working with elder abuse
  • Sociological factors that influence elder citizen abuse
  • Rationales for under reporting crimes against the elderly
  • Synopsis of Illinois laws to protect the elderly person
  • Categories of motives for abusing the elderly person

Officer self-care when interacting with those who abuse the elderly

Instructor Biography

Gail Sullivan is a 1978 graduate of Loyola University of Chicago holding an undergraduate degree in Sociology. In 1986, she was awarded a Masters of Arts degree from DePaul University of Chicago in Human Services, Guidance and Counseling. She has worked in the field of social services in various capacities for more than two decades. Throughout her career, she has addressed the issue of child abuse and its effect upon victims, offenders, families, professionals and society. As an administrator of a child welfare agency, she provided vision and direction for one of the first residential facilities for sexually reactive children in Illinois. She has provided program development that increased the revenue and programs of a nonprofit agency over 300%. She has developed curriculums to meet State standards for professionals who provide intensive emergency services. As a clinician, she provided individual, family and group therapy regarding sexual abuse and related dysfunctions. As a conference lecturer, she has provided professional training to a variety of public and private social services agencies, municipal school systems, Cook County Juvenile Court, Cook County Adult Probation, the Chicago Police Department, and the Department of Children and Family Services. As a training provider through Western Illinois University, she provides certification training for Illinois Youth Officers through The Illinois Law Enforcement Training and Standards Board. Ms. Sullivan has testified as an expert witness for the Cook County State Attorney’s Office in both Juvenile and Criminal Court in the area of sexual abuse of children. She has served on The Cook County State Attorney’s Task Force on the Mass Molestation of Children and currently been appointed to the Cook County Child Death Review Team.

Course Certification Information
MTU 7 request for certification of this course has been  approved by the Illinois Law Enforcement Training and Standards Board Mobile In-Service Training Team #7 Illinois Law Enforcement Training and Standards Board
Meets mandatory guidelines set for the following:Cultural Competency, Lead Homicide Investigator, Procedural Justice, Human Rights,and Law Update