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About the Center

We See a World Without Elder AbuseUC Irvine's Center of Excellence on Elder Abuse and Neglect is committed to eliminating abuse of the elderly. Established with a grant from the Archstone Foundation, the Center of Excellence on Elder Abuse and Neglect is part of the School of Medicine’s Division of Geriatric Medicine and Gerontology. It is a first-of-its-kind program that strives to promote aging with dignity and eliminate aging with fear.

Locally, the center provides medical, forensic, and victim services to abused and neglected seniors, living in the community or in long-term care facilities, and serves as a “living laboratory” of innovative approaches.

Statewide and nationally, the center serves as a source of technical assistance, multidisciplinary training, useful research, and relevant policy.

The center offers assistance through:

Direct services: We provide medical assessments, forensic evaluations, interdisciplinary case planning, linkages with existing resources, and the identification of available and needed services in Orange County. We are the home of the world's first Elder Abuse Forensic Center which brings together physicians, psychologists, law enforcement, social workers and others to handle complex cases. 

Technical assistance: We offer technical assistance related to elder abuse and neglect issues to individuals and programs throughout the country and the world. To make a technical assistance request, contact the Center.

Connecting practice and policy: To make a sustainable improvement in the field of elder abuse, it is crucial to connect practice and policy. The center uses the knowledge gained through a systematic and sound evaluation process to educate those in a position to make policy decisions.

Conducting research:  Through the faculty of the Division of Geriatric Medicine & Gerontology, the center provides the bridge between direct service and academics. Research is currently funded through the National Institute on Aging, National Institute on Justice, and the California Department of Health and Human Services.

Providing education:  The center hosts the Elder Abuse Training Institute which identifies the most pressing training needs in elder mistreatment. Multidisciplinary experts conduct discipline-specific training seminars for law enforcement, legal, medical, and social service professionals.

The Center of Excellence was recently named by the U.S. Administration on Aging as the National Center on Elder Abuse.

Learn about our Center of Excellence's milestones (PDF).

Download our printable brochure (PDF).

Learn more about the School of Medicine’s Division of Geriatric Medicine & Gerontology.