Justice Alliance for Vulnerable Adults

About Us

The Idaho Justice Alliance for Vulnerable Adults (JAVA) is a network of organizations and individuals working to prevent elder abuse through action and education. JAVA’s vision is to help its members work together towards an Idaho where every vulnerable adult is visible and valued.

The organization’s mission is to strengthen community partnerships and resource networks to ensure the dignity, safety, and quality of life of vulnerable adults through advocacy, education, intervention, prevention, and policy development.

Highlights of JAVA activities include partnering with Idaho Legal Aid Services to develop and distribute the Idaho Senior Legal Guidebook, co-sponsoring the 2011 Idaho Summit on Elder Abuse and Exploitation, and working with the Idaho Crime Prevention Association and Peace Officers Standards and Training organization to provide training on prevention of abuse of vulnerable adults throughout the state. In addition, JAVA sponsors bi-monthly meetings designed to exchange information and strengthen the network of professionals working to assure that every vulnerable adult in Idaho is visible and valued.
Please contact Mary Holden for more information about JAVA meetings and activities.

JAVA, established in 2010 with support from the National Committee on Elder Abuse, is housed in the Center for the Study of Aging (CSA) at Boise State University. The mission of the CSA is to “promote the well being of Idaho’s growing population of older citizens.” The CSA has played an active role in education, research, and advocacy since its founding in 2004.

View this short video to learn more about JAVA from members and participants in the 2013 JAVA Summit on Elder Abuse and Exploitation.


  • The Power and Control Wheel for Elders and People with Disabilities [ PDF ]
  • Senior Legal Guide Book [ PDF ] – Learn more
  • Summit Report [ PDF ]
  • Post Warning Signs of Elder Abuse Card [ PDF ]
  • Idaho Proclamation, Maureen O’Hara Day [PDF]