Elder Abuse and Domestic Violence in Later Life: Innovative New Resources for the Community

held August 27, 2013

SeniorNavigator and The Virginia Center on Aging worked collaboratively to pilot an innovative, positive, confidential, community-based and interactive internet project focused on the important issues of domestic violence in later life and elder abuse. The project resulted in an online solution center offering a person-centered resource for service providers, individuals experiencing domestic violence, and “trusted community resources” such as family, friends and clergy.

This live one-hour webinar discussed the issues of elder abuse and domestic violence in later life. Additionally, it provided the faith-based community, service providers in aging and violence prevention and other interested individuals with a key new resource to help them respond appropriately and assist people in abusive situations get the help they need.


  • Increase awareness of elder abuse and domestic violence in later life (DVLL) and its prevalence
  • Increase understanding of the history and goals of the Take Back Your Life project
  • Increase awareness of the Take Back Your Life: DVLL Solution Center and its application in your community
  • Discuss larger scope updates on what is happening nationally around these issues


Please click here to review the related webinar on Elder Abuse, Neglect and Exploitation featuring Lisa Furr and Paula Kupstas.


Lisa Furr, MA, is the Project Coordinator for the Central Virginia’s Task Force on Domestic Violence in Later Life, a part of the Virginia Center on Aging at Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, VA. The Task Force is a local partnership of organizations working since 1998 to raise awareness and improve the community response to women aged 50 and older who experience domestic, sexual or family violence. The Task Force does direct work with the four local city and counties and offers technical support statewide. Lisa formed and works with multidisciplinary teams in three jurisdictions – each with a different persona. A member of the Board for the Virginia Coalition for the Prevention of Elder Abuse, Lisa also chairs their conference committee.

Lisa also has served on the governing body (board) of the Virginia Sexual and Domestic Violence Action Alliance and is a state wide trainer for the Alliance. She previously was at Safe Harbor, a domestic violence program, as the associate director of special services in charge of the shelter and education, then as the Community Educator and Volunteer Coordinator. Prior to that she worked as the Program Coordinator for ROSMY from 1998 to 2002 where she managed youth services; volunteers and coordinated outreach and educational programs. Lisa also served as the Volunteer Services Coordinator for over 200 volunteers at Richmond AIDS Ministry and worked as a Hotline Counselor for the Virginia Department of Health’ AIDS/ STD Hotline.

Over the years she has worked as a camp director, educator, and for a few years as a travel agent. Some of the workshops she’s conducted locally, statewide and nationally have been on such topics as community partnerships, sexual assault in later life, domestic violence’s effects on children, domestic violence in the lesbian and gay community, understanding white privilege, conflict resolution and the faith communities response to domestic violence. She has over twenty–five years experience in group dynamics, training, diversity, and human resource management. Lisa holds a Master’s degree from the Presbyterian School of Christian Education.


Adrienne Johnson, MS, joined the SeniorNavigator team in 2004 and has held various aging related positions in her career. As Executive Director of SeniorNavigator, she works in partnership with the public, non-profit, and private sectors and is responsible for the development, marketing, board oversight and operational management of SeniorNavigator. Prior to becoming Executive Director, Adrienne served as a member of SeniorNavigator’s Leadership Team while performing her duties as Director of Website Operations. As Director of Website Operations, she was responsible for the oversight of the SeniorNavigator, VirginiaNavigator and disAbilityNavigator websites and management of website content and data based on consumer needs and current issues in aging. Additionally, she has served as project and grant manager for several of SeniorNavigator’s major initiatives.

Adrienne earned her Master’s degree in Gerontology with a concentration in Health Administration from Virginia Commonwealth University and holds a Bachelor’s degree in Sociology from the University of Connecticut. She serves on the board of the Virginia Quality Healthcare Network (VQHN); as Secretary of the Virginia Elder Rights Coalition (VERC); as stakeholder representative for Virginia’s Project 2025; as well as a host of other coalitions and committees serving the aging and disability communities throughout Virginia.


Ayn WellefordE.  Ayn Welleford, PhD, received her BA in Management/Psychology from Averett College, MS in Gerontology and PhD in Developmental Psychology from Virginia Commonwealth University. She has taught extensively in the areas of Lifespan Development, and Adult Development and Aging, Geropsychology, and Aging & Human Values. As an educator, researcher, and previously as a practitioner she has worked with a broad spectrum of individuals across the caregiving and long term care continuum.

As Associate Professor and Chair of VCU’s Department of Gerontology, she currently works to “Improve Elder Care through Education” through her Teaching, Scholarship, and Community Engagement. Outside of the classroom, Dr. Welleford provides community education and serves on several boards and committees.

Dr. Welleford is former Chair of the Governor’s Commonwealth of Virginia Alzheimer’s and Related Disorders Commission, as well as a recipient of the AGHE Distinguished Teacher Award. In 2011, Dr. Welleford was honored by the Alzheimer’s Association at their annual Recognition Reception for her statewide advocacy. Dr. Welleford is the author of numerous publications and presentations given at national, state and local conferences, community engagement and continuing education forums. In 2012, Dr. Welleford was appointed to the Advisory Board for VCU’s West Grace Village project. She is also the recipient of the 2012 Mary Creath Payne Leadership Award from Senior Connections, the Capital Area Agency on Aging.

This webinar was made possible through a grant from The Verizon Foundation. The Take Back Your Life Solution Center project was made possible by grants from The Cameron Foundation and The Verizon Foundation.




Download the slides here.

Review also: Recognizing & Reporting Abuse Neglect & Exploitation of Adults –  https://alzpossible.org/elder-abuse/