Developing Tribal Elder Abuse Codes
National Indian Council on Aging Recommendations on Tribal Elder Abuse Codes
A tribal elder abuse code allows the tribe to establish tribal laws that protect elderly persons within the jurisdiction of the tribe from abuse, neglect, and exploitation. The codes provide identification and appropriate resolution of elder abuse, defining what agency receives and investigates suspected reports of abuse, and how elderly protection services are delivered.
When developing a Tribal Elder Abuse Code(s), it is essential that the code be created by each individual tribe rather than adopting a foreign code. Model codes are useful as examples, but tribes should embrace their sovereignty when creating their own. During development each tribe should incorporate their own tribal beliefs and values into the elder abuse code(s).
In this section
- Obtaining Support of Tribal Government
- Establishing a Working Group
- Gathering or Collecting Information
- Identifying Tribal Values
- Writing the Tribal Code
- Obtaining Final Approval
- Developing a Protocol for the Implementation of the Code(s)
- Implementing the Code
- National Indian Council On Aging, The Elder Abuse Task Force (2008). Using your tribal values to develop elder protection code: A step-by-step guide for communities. Retrieved on May 25, 2017.
- National Indigenous Elder Justice Initiative (2014). Civil and criminal elder protection code examples. Retrieved on May 30, 2017.
- National Indigenous Elder Justice Initiative (2016). Online Interactive Educational Sections. Retrieved on May 30, 2017.