The Elder Abuse Committee of the Tennessee District Attorneys General Conference recently presented a three-day seminar on the investigation, prosecution and prevention of elder abuse. The multidisciplinary training reviewed current statutes in Tennessee dealing with elder abuse, including a new law requiring that special teams be set up by January of 2017.
The seminar was led by Lisa Zavogiannis, Elder Abuse Committee chairwoman and 31st District Attorney General serving Van Buren and Warren counties.
“This training program was designed to emphasize what a prosecutor needs to know about seeking justice for elder abuse victims,” Zavogiannis said. “We connected stakeholders and experts from across the state to discuss necessary information on a highly sensitive issue.”
The Elder Abuse Committee brought together District Attorneys General, Assistant District Attorneys General, criminal investigators, victim witness coordinators, law enforcement, Department of Human Services investigators, and Tennessee Commission on Aging and Disability staff to facilitate sharing best practices statewide. The training consisted of panel discussions and case studies from various state agencies.
“The Elder Abuse Committee of the Conference provides leadership by giving prosecutors and their staff from each judicial district training and resources,” District Attorneys General Conference Executive Director Jerry Estes said. “General Zavogiannis and her committee’s efforts in turn reflect one of the key functions of the District Attorneys General Conference, which is to support ethical, prompt and efficient administration of justice for all Tennesseans.”