Legal aid and protection program for the elderly
Caring for our most vulnerable in the face of abuse and neglect
As the elderly population in Israel and particularly in Tel Aviv-Yafo grows (currently numbering approximately 67,000 people), the phenomena of elder abuse and neglect – and the need for legal assistance to address it – have increased. However, seniors can face significant difficulties in obtaining legal assistance, due to the often prohibitively high cost of legal services; the fact that many elderly people are confined to their homes; the language difficulties many seniors face; and other reasons. In addition, due to family or other ties with the abusers, many seniors find it emotionally difficult to act legally against their abusers. Therefore, addressing the problem often requires a combined legal and therapeutic approach.
The Municipality of Tel Aviv-Yafo partners with a specialist non-profit organization, Marva, to protect the elderly population from abuse and exploitation and to assist them with recognizing and exercising their rights.
The program includes:
- Multi-disciplinary teams (including social workers, doctors, and lawyers) to review cases of elderly exposed to abuse, neglect, and exploitation;
- House calls by lawyers to provide legal advice to the elderly who are housebound;
- Educational lectures to inform the elderly population of their legal rights to prevent legal situations and incidences of abuse and exploitation;
- Legal support and supervision for social workers who care for the elderly.
In 2018, the program:
- Managed 120 cases of elder abuse and neglect;
- Provided legal aid to 110 seniors via other professionals, mainly social workers;
- Supported 50 seniors through MARVA’s participation in interdisciplinary committees.
- Organized 24 educational lectures for 1200 elderly people and their families and professionals;
- Facilitated 70 training sessions for staff.
This program is essential to stopping elder abuse and enabling elderly people to live out their lives in dignity and without violence or exploitation.
The main project expense is the salary (part-time) of an attorney to manage cases of elder abuse and neglect. The Tel Aviv Foundation is seeking a philanthropic investment over three years.
Requested donation: $120,000.