Weekly Round-Up: August 18th, 2014

The Rise of Financial Elder Abuse:

  • A recent study by Weill Cornell Medical College and published on July 30, 2014 in the Journal of General Internal Medicine found that “1 in 20 adults will be affected by financial abuse after they turn 60.”  Elder abuse in the form of financial exploitation can manifest in a number of ways including, but not limited to: stolen cash, credit card fraud, or by forcing the elder to relinquish control of his/her accounts to another. As the elderly population continues to grow, this problem is expected to grow.
  • In 2011, the Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCen) issued an advisory to financial institutions calling for their cooperation and due diligence in battling elder abuse. The advisory also contains a series of red flags to help identify potential financial exploitation. Many financial institutions have implemented special teams to investigate such claims and to monitor any red flags.

 

Technology and Domestic Violence: 

  • LED cameras are being used in a pilot program in Indianapolis to help strengthen domestic violence cases. This program comes after Marion County officials reported an increase of 500 domestic violence calls between 2010-2012.  The cameras are able to detect the formation of bruises and strangulation marks before the naked eye can see them. In addition, these cameras can detect bodily fluids, which will allow law enforcement to collect evidence quicker in sexual assaults. The cameras will provide the physical evidence necessary to help ensure convictions in domestic violence and sexual assault cases.
  • The LED camera, the Illumacam-2, was purchased as part of the Baker One Project, a collaboration between the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department and domestic violence groups. This project is designed to combat domestic violence at the early stages to prevent the situation from escalating to homicide. The funding for the cameras has been provided by a federal grant from the Department of Justice’s Office on Violence Against Women.