Areas of Interest
The role of the criminal and civil justice systems in elder abuser prevention
Holding abusers accountable and ensuring that elderly victims are protected
and compensated for their losses requires that lawyers, law enforcement personnel,
prosecutors, judges, and victim advocates are sensitive to the special vulnerabilities
and needs of elderly victims. New approaches are needed for handling cases
involving both victims and perpetrators who have physical and cognitive impairments.
Also needed are alternative approaches to justice that engage families and
- As lead consultant on “Improving Access to the San Francisco Superior
Court for Elders” Project, Nerenberg organized and convened a work group
of San Francisco service providers to identify barriers to access to court
services, assisted in the development of a retrospective survey of conservatorships,
and authored a report and recommendations to the California Administrative
Offices of the Court.
- Developed and conducted "Fundamentals of conservatorship," a 12-hour
course for the University of California, Berkeley Extension Division.
- Co-authored, with Candace Heisler, a comprehensive curriculum on elder abuse
for law enforcement under a contract with the Police Executive Research Forum
(PERF) and supported by the Office for Victims of Crime.
- Organized and convened roundtable discussions for local and federal law enforcement
professionals, civil attorneys, judges, court personnel, and victim advocates
to identify challenges and unmet needs. A summary and recommendations are available
on the website of the National Center on Elder Abuse at http://www.elderabusecenter.org/pdf/publication/fvefca.pdf
Other publications on legal issues written by Nerenberg for the National Center
on Elder Abuse:
- "An introduction to the civil justice system and its role in elder abuse
- "Victims’ rights and services: Assisting elderly crime victims"
- "Prosecution and protection: Understanding the criminal justice system’s
role in preventing elder abuse. Coauthored with Candace Heisler, J.D."