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Putting the Spotlight on on Elder Abuse -- The Hidden Crime -- Especially During and After COVID-19

Total Credits: 1 including 1 APA Credit, 1 California Board of Registered Nurses, 1 California CLE, 1 California Association of Alcoholism & Drug Abuse Counselors

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Adult Survivors and Vulnerable Populations |  Prevention and Intervention  |  *Area of Emphasis: Ethics |  *Area of Emphasis: Aging and Long-Term Care
Paul Greenwood, LLB, JD
Course Levels:
Appropriate for All Levels
1 Hour
Audio and Video
Access for 6 month(s) after purchase.


The presenter will draw upon his 22 years as an elder abuse felony prosecutor covering such crimes as sexual assaults, homicides, neglect, financial exploitation, emotional and physical abuse. He will demonstrate how many times allegations of elder abuse are either mistaken as "just civil matters' or are not investigated at all. Greenwood will also focus on how COVID 19 has impacted the lives of so many older adults and the lessons that we can learn from this pandemic to better safeguard those whose lives have been utterly impacted.


  1. Understand the various forms of elder abuse.
  2. Appreciate the common misconceptions that can hinder or delay successful investigations and prosecutions of perpetrators of elder abuse.
  3. Provide tools for creating or expanding a multi disciplinary approach in the learner's community.
Orignally recorded at IVAT's 25th San Diego International Virtual Summit



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Retired Deputy District Attorney

Paul Greenwood, LLB, JD, a retired Deputy District Attorney, was a lawyer in England for 13 years. After relocating to San Diego in 1991 he passed the California Bar and joined the DA's office in 1993. For twenty-two years Paul headed up the Elder Abuse Prosecution Unit at the San Diego DA’s Office. In 1999 California Lawyer magazine named Paul as one of their top 20 lawyers of the year in recognition of his pioneering efforts to pursue justice on behalf of senior citizens. He has prosecuted over 750 felony cases of both physical, sexual, emotional and financial elder abuse. He has also prosecuted ten murder cases, including one death penalty case. In March 2018 Paul retired from the San Diego DA’s office to concentrate on sharing lessons learned from his elder abuse prosecutions with a wider audience. In October 2018 he was given a lifetime achievement award by his former office.  Paul now spends much of his post retirement time consulting on elder abuse cases and providing trainings to law enforcement and Adult Protective Services agencies across the country and internationally. He is also involved as the criminal justice board member of National Adult Protective Services Association.

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