Office of Children and Family Services

The Children and Family Trust Fund

Children & Family Trust Fund

Domestic Violence and Elder Abuse Prevention

Domestic Violence Prevention
New York’s Children and Family Trust Fund addresses family violence that can occur at any age. Funding is allocated to often-overlooked services like school-based prevention programs, trauma informed programs for victims, and children's therapy groups that focus on helping children who may witness and/or experience domestic violence. The Trust Fund also helps to address the need of supervised visitation for families affected by domestic violence, or coached visits for non-custodial parents. Creating a safe environment where a child can have a healthy, positive interaction with a parent is paramount. 

Elder Abuse Prevention
Adults 60 years of age and older are increasing in numbers, and are at an increased risk of elder abuse.  A 2011 study, Under the Radar: New York State Elder Abuse prevalence Study supported by the Trust Fund, documented that more 62 percent of elder abuse perpetrators were family members.  

Elder abuse can not only cause physical harm; it can also lead to decreased independence , loss of financial resources, increased medical costs, and increased costs to communities. The Trust Fund supports community-driven initiatives to engage groups without regular access to services, and identifies and promotes early intervention.

A coordinated, multi-disciplinary approach is also an effective strategy to provide a continuum of comprehensive services across systems. Trust Fund partners with the Office for the Prevention of Domestic Violence, the New York State Office for the Aging, the New York State Coalition on Elder Abuse, and local Protective Services for Adults.

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