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Grant from Hartford Foundation is Part of Nationwide Initiative to Grow the Social Work Workforce Needed for Aging Boom

The Hartford Partnership Program for Aging Education (HPPAE) is an innovative program that prepares social workers to specialize in older adult care. Wayne State University School of Social Work joins 41 others around the country that have adopted the model developed by the New York Academy of Medicine’s Social Work Leadership Institute, with support from the John A. Hartford Foundation. HPPAE addresses the growing demand for social workers as the nation’s aging population is expected to more than triple by 2050. The program's innovation is in building partnerships between universities and community agencies that offer students hands-on and varied experience caring for older adults across a range of settings, including home-based care, community centers, hospitals, and nursing homes. The program differs from traditional MSW programs because it offers students multiple field rotations rather than just one clinical setting, and because the university and agencies collaborate on curriculum development to better bridge academic and practice learning.

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Why rape survivors participate in the criminal justice system PDF Print E-mail
Violence, Victims and Corrections - Journal Article

Patterson, D., & Campbell, R. (2010). Why rape survivors participate in the criminal justice system. Journal of Community Psychology, 38(2), 191-205.

After a rape, survivors may seek help from multiple community organizations including the criminal justice system (CJS). Research has found that few survivors report their assaults to the police and of those who do report, many withdraw their participation during the investigation.

However, relatively little is known about the factors that lead survivors to participate in the CJS, and how other community services provided by forensic nurses or victim advocates may also help encourage survivor engagement. In the current study, 20 survivors who reported their victimizations to police within a large Midwest county were interviewed about the factors that influenced their involvement in the CJS. Further, we examined the role that the police, forensic nurses, and victim advocates played in their participation. Using qualitative analyses, our findings suggest that informal supports hold a strong role in the reporting process and formal supports are influential in survivors’ engagement in the investigational process.

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