The National Indigenous Elder Justice Initiative (NIEJI)
began in 2011 to address the lack of culturally
appropriate information and community education materials
on elder abuse in Indian Country. NIEJI’s focus addresses
the different types of elder abuse and provides technical
assistance for the development of model tribal codes on
elder abuse. NIEJI also works on the implementation of
programs to address elder abuse and prevention.
The primary legal types of elder abuse include physical,
sexual, emotional/psychological, neglect, financial
exploitation, self-neglect, and abandonment. Another
focus of the initiative is to bring attention to the
issue of spiritual abuse, and the major impact that it
has on indigenous elders and their families.
During the 2014-2017 cycle of the NIEJI grant, we are
developing elder abuse training modules that will be
available online in a format that will be compatible with
dial-up, broadband, and mobile devices such as tablets
and smartphones. We continue to develop materials and
welcome submission of materials and information used in
your program to share with others.
Resources on the NIEJI website include:
Bureau of Indian Affairs Adult Protective Services
Interactive map with elder abuse reporting locations
& phone numbers within each state, county, and tribe.
World Elder Abuse Awareness Day (WEAAD) activities
and other events addressing elder abuse in Indian
Presentations made at elder abuse conferences
Also available on the NIEJI YouTube channel.
Videos regarding other Administration on Community