The Office for Victims of Crime has provided $3.42 million seed money to respond to elder abuse and financial crimes throughout the country. This initiative was put into action because of the increase of cases of elder abuse, which includes financial exploitation.
The goal of the awards is to better protect older Americans by "improving identification of elder abuse and strengthening the response to victims through innovative technology, closer interagency collaboration and enhanced legal services, among other approaches." Grants were awarded to eight organizations, including several local legal services groups. Office of Public Affairs, Department of Justice, "Justice Department Invests $3.42 Million in Fight Against Elder Abuse and Financial Exploitation," justice.gov (Oct. 20, 2017).