Rise Above Crime

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Rise Above Crime is a free program that supports older adults who have been victimized by crime. Services are provided by caring professionals that aim to help individuals to overcome the trauma of physical, sexual, or psychological violence; neglect; or economic exploitation or fraud.

The Rise Above Crime program is a grant-funded project through the State of Tennessee, Office of Criminal Justice Programs, Victims of Crime Act (VOCA). This grant was obtained by the Office on Aging in order to build upon and continue the work of the Elder Abuse Community Outreach Program.

Coffee and Conversation: A Discussion Group for Victims of Elder Abuse

Crimes against older individuals can come in many different forms such as physical, emotional, and sexual abuse, but also those crimes that may not be as easily recognized such as financial exploitation and fraud, harassment, and stalking. Unfortunately cases involving violence against seniors are on the rise in our community. Rise Above Crime, a free program to seniors offered through the Knoxville-Knox County CAC’s Office on Aging, hosts a discussion group that meets twice a month called Coffee and Conversation.

Coffee and Conversation is an educational discussion group that aims to provide an open platform for Knoxville-Knox County’s older adults to discuss elder abuse, and action steps to take for those affected by this growing crisis. Coffee and Conversation is open to any vulnerable adult, age 50+, that has experienced or knows someone who has experienced elder abuse and is interested in seeking support, education, and empowerment through an educational discussion group. If you are interested in attending, contact Sasha Hammett at (865) 524-2786 for more information.

The group meets every 1st and 3rd Thursdays from 1 pm – 2 pm at O’Connor Senior Center, 611 Winona St. in Knoxville.

Learn more about elder abuse: https://www.nia.nih.gov/health/elder-abuse

Watch a Nashville Public Television video featuring the Rise Above Crime program.

Rise Above Crime in Knox County meets the needs of crime victims over the age of 50. Program manager Sasha Hammett shares how resources and relationships are key to providing safety and justice for victims of elder abuse.


Aired: 06/30/21   Rating: NR


A free program supported by CMS Tennessee Department of Health to assist in training staff working in nursing facilities on abuse, neglect, and exploitation of elders.  The program offers case management to residents of nursing facilities who are victims of abuse, or at risk for being victimized.