Increasing Access to Healing Services and Just Outcomes for Older African American Crime Survivors: A Toolkit for Enhancing Critical Knowledge and Informing Action within the Crime Victim Assistance Field

Older African Americans experience crime and violence at the intersections of race, age, class, and other identities. Systemic and institutional challenges create barriers for older African American survivors seeking services and supports to heal from harm. This toolkit offers victim services providers and criminal justice systems stakeholders information and practical strategies to enhance their capacity to identify, reach, and serve older African American victims.



This includes a guide with five content modules. Within each module are video clips, including: an expert panel discussing the specific challenges faced by older African American victims, and/or, older survivors sharing their stories of victimization and the unique dynamics at play in their journey toward healing and recovery. Each module also contains a set of reflection questions designed to help readers synthesize the key points and explore how the strategies offered can be applied in their work. This toolkit also includes a workbook with the reflection questions for users to reflect on the topics explored in the modules.


Webinar Recording

This webinar introduces information  to learn about a new resource for the crime victims field, the Increasing Access to Healing Services and Just Outcomes for Older African American Crime Survivors toolkit. This resource centers the voices and lived experiences of older Black victims seeking supports and services from the crime victims field and it names the various structural oppressions within society and the victim assistance field which limit the ability of older African American victims to access critical supports and services. Through a series of guided conversations, participants in this event will interface with the different parts of this toolkit, including content modules, video clips, and a reflections workbook. Participants will also have the opportunity to dialogue with and learn from subject matter experts and staff of the National Clearinghouse on Abuse in Later Life about specific strategies to enhancing services for older African American victims in their work. Moderated by Juanita Davis and Katie Block and featuring panelists LaTrice Buck.

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  • Video Series

    Increasing Access for Older African-American Crime Survivors

  • Webinar Recording

    Increasing Access to Healing Services and Just Outcomes for Older African American Crime Survivors

Published on:
July 9, 2020
Resource Type:
Toolkit, Video, Webinar
Communities of Focus:
Boys and Men of Color, Girls and Women of Color, Intersectional, Older adults
Intended Audience:
Advocates, Attorneys, Judges, Law Enforcement Officers, Other, Other First Responders, VOCA Administrators