To develop an integrated and comprehensive community system that meets the needs of elder abuse victims, including older victims of domestic violence.
General Description of Services:
EAIME is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization originally established to provide outreach and community education around the issue of elder abuse and to serve as a "clearing house" for elder abuse information in Maine. Activities have included sponsorship of elder abuse conferences, victims research, production of printed and video training materials, and partnership with Maine's Elder Justice Training project.
Elder Abuse Related Services:
EAIME received a large federal (DOJ, OVW) grant in 2009. With this funding, the organization provides transitional housing and a wide array of support services for older victims of domestic violence, sexual assault and stalking. Transitional housing is provided in a 3-bedroom independent-living home in Portland called "Martha's Cottage". Case management is currently being provided in five Maine counties through partnership with domestic violence agencies in Portland and Lewiston. The goal of this project is to provide options for elders to leave abusive situations and to support them in making an eventual move to safe, permanent housing in whatever community they prefer to live.
Linda Weare, Program Manager