About this Project
With support from the U.S. Department of Justice, Office for Victims of Crime (OVC), Pro Bono Net and the Center for Elder Law & Justice partnered on an initiative to create and expand two online tools to enable innovative partnership and outreach models to help better identify, respond to and remedy elder abuse and financial exploitation:
- The Legal Risk Detector, a web-based screening and referral app designed for use by social workers, nurses and other professionals in aging
- Online forms, powered by LawHelp Interactive, to help victims of abuse and exploitation access legal remedies available to them.
The Aging Safely website contains key resources developed under this initiative, including:
- A webinar series and Toolkits for nonprofit legal advocates to learn how they can use these tools to expand outreach and referral efforts to seniors on elder abuse, neglect and financial exploitation issues
- Information about how older adults, or providers or caregivers assisting them, can use the online forms powered by LawHelp Interactive to help address and protect against common forms of abuse and financial exploitation
Pro Bono Net (PBN) is a national nonprofit that works to bring the power of the law to all by building cutting edge digital tools and strengthening collaboration in the civil justice sector to tackle justice problems. Pro Bono Net is the developer of the Risk Detector and works with nonprofit legal aid and elder justice groups to effectively design and implement Risk Detector-powered initiatives. Visit probono.net for more information.
The Center for Elder Law & Justice (CELJ) is a civil legal services agency in Buffalo, New York, serving eight Western New York counties. Since 1978, CELJ has provided comprehensive free legal services to the community’s seniors, people with disabilities and the low-income population. CELJ’s services help people maintain the essentials of life- access to health care, securing safe and affordable housing, protective services to remain free from violence, and access to sufficient income to improve their overall quality of life. CELJ was PBN’s lead partner on this effort. Visit elderjusticeny.org and CELJ's Legal Risk Detector page for more information.
Under this project, we also collaborated with three field partners, Legal Services of Northern California, Alaska Legal Services Corporation and Legal Services for the Elderly - Maine, to pilot the Legal Risk Detector in new jurisdictions and incorporate their experiences and feedback into the replication resources available on AgingSafely.us.
Our technical partners on this project included Neota Logic on the Risk Detector initiative and Capstone Practice Systems on the online forms powered by LawHelp Interactive.