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Elder Abuse Links

One in ten older Americans, about 5 million individuals, are believed to experience abuse each year in the United States, according to the National Institute of Justice. But as few as one in 23 cases is reported. Elder abuse is preventable, but it requires research, education, advocacy and public awareness. The organizations listed below can help shed light on the problem and offer solutions.


Overview of Elder Abuse »

Red Flags of Abuse

Protect Yourself

Elder Abuse Basics by National Center on Elder Abuse

Elder Abuse Fact Sheet by Office of Justice Programs

What is Elder Abuse? (PDF) California Definitions from Orange County Elder Abuse Forensic Center

What Should I Know about Elder Abuse? by State Bar of California

A Day in the Life of APS reports by the County Welfare Directors Association of California

Missing Voices: Views of Older Persons on Elder Abuse, World Health Organization  

Elder Mistreatment (online book by National Research Council‘s Panel to Review Risk and Prevalence of Elder Abuse and Neglect) Bonnie & Wallace, Eds, 2003

Prevent Elder Abuse blog, Lisa Nerenberg

U.S. Government Agencies and Organizations

National Center on Elder Abuse (NCEA)

Financial Fraud Enforcement Task Force (U.S. Department of Justice)

National Long Term Care Ombudsman Resource Center (NORC)

Office for Victims of Crime (OVC)

Office on Violence Against Women  (OVW)

National Associations and Advocacy Organizations

Elder Justice Coalition (EJC)

International Network for the Prevention of Elder Abuse (INPEA)

National Adult Protective Services Association (NAPSA)

National Clearinghouse on Abuse in Later Life (NCALL)

National Coalition for the Prevention of Elder Abuse (NCPEA)

The Consumer Voice for Quality Long-Term Care

California Associations and Advocacy Organizations

California Elder Justice Workgroup

California Advocates for Nursing Home Reform

California Association of Area Agencies on Aging

California Caregiver Resource Centers

California Council on Geriatrics and Gerontology 

California District Attorneys Association

California Foundation of Independent Living Centers

County Welfare Directors Association of California

California Victim Compensation and Government Claims Program

Elder Abuse and Neglect Statistics

National Elder Abuse Incidence Study, (PDF) by National Center on Elder Abuse, 1998

The 2004 Survey of Adult Protective Services: Abuse of Adults 60 Years of Age and Older (pdf) by NCPEA and NAPSA for NCEA, 2006

National Ombudsman Reporting Systems (NORS) Data, 2008, Administration on Aging

Special Feature: Elder Abuse National Criminal Justice Reference Service (NCJRS)

Full Report of the Prevalence, Incidence, and Consequences of Violence Against Women, National Institute of Justice Research Report, 2000

California: Adult Protective Services RADR Data Tables, Trends and Reports 

CA Elder Abuse Investigators: Ombudsman Shackled By Conflicting Laws and Duties, 2010, California Senate Office of Oversight and Outcomes

California Dept. of Justice, Bureau of Medi-Cal Fraud and Elder Abuse (BMFEA) 

Resources by Professional Discipline »

Healthcare Professionals

Academy on Violence and Abuse (AVA)

American Geriatrics Society’s Foundation for Health in Aging (FHA) tip sheet on "Preventing Elder Abuse and Neglect in Older Adults”

American Medical Association is advised by the National Advisory Council on Violence and Abuse (NACVA)

American Psychological Association Elder Abuse and Neglect: In Search of Solutions

Consortium for Research in Elder Self-Neglect

Kaiser Permanente Family Violence Prevention Program

QuantiaMD: "Red Flags of Elder Abuse: Hx and Interview." Dr. Laura Mosqueda teamed with Quantia MD to created this 9-minute interactive training video. A free membership is required to participate. 

“Reaching Important Gatekeepers: Training Pharmacists about Elder Abuse”

Judges and Court Personnel

Administrative Office of the Courts, Judicial Council of California, Effective Court Practice for Abused Elders Report and Appendices

American Bar Association Commission on Law and Aging

Center on Aging, Florida International University--Elder Justice publications

National Center for State Courts Elder Abuse Court Resources

Attorneys and Law Enforcement

American Bar Association Commission on Law and Aging

Elder Abuse Fact Sheet by Office of Justice Programs

Elder Consumer Protection Program at Stetson University College of Law's Center for Excellence in Elder Law 

Financial Fraud Enforcement Task Force

Life Long Justice - Appleseed Initiative

National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys

National Center for State Courts Elder Abuse Prosecution Guide

National Institute of Justice—Elder Abuse

Office for Victims of Crime—Elder Abuse Resources

U.S. Postal Inspection Service

Elder Financial Protection Network

National Consumer Law Center

Social Services Providers

Administration on Aging—Elder Rights Protection

National Center on Elder Abuse—Resources for Professionals

National Coalition on Abuse in Late Life—Resources

National Council on Aging— Elder Abuse Resources

Office of Victims of Crime—Help for Victims of Elder Abuse

Interdisciplinary Collaboration »

Elder Abuse Forensic Centers

Creating an Elder Abuse Forensic Center: Philosophy into Action. Center of Excellence on Elder Abuse & Neglect, Orange County Elder Abuse Forensic Center, and IMO Productions, 2008

Forensic Skills Seek to Uncover Elder Abuse. Jane Gross, The New York Times, 9/27/2006

Findings from an Elder Abuse Forensic Center. (Abstract) Wiglesworth, Mosqueda et al., The Gerontologist, 2005

Do We Really Need Another Meeting? Lessons from the Los Angeles County Elder Abuse Forensic Center. (Abstract) Navarro, Wilbur et al., The Gerontologist, 2010

Elder Abuse Forensic Centers. (Abstract) Schneider, Mosqueda et al., Journal of Elder Abuse and Neglect, 2010

Elder Abuse Forensic Center in Orange County, CA

Elder Abuse Forensic Center in San Francisco, CA

Elder Death/Fatality Review Teams   

Elder Abuse Fatality Review Teams: A Replication Manual (PDF) Stiegel, American Bar Association Commission on Law & Aging, 2005

Maine Elder Death Analysis Review Team

Sacramento County Elder Death Review Team 

County of San Diego Elder Death Review Team: Suspicious Deaths, 2006 Report

Multidisciplinary Teams and FASTs

Our Aging Population: Promoting Empowerment, Preventing Victimization, and Implementing Coordinated Interventions (PDF) Office of Justice Programs, U.S. Department of Justice and U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, 2000

A national look at elder abuse multidisciplinary teams. (PDF) Teaster & Nerenberg, National Center on Elder Abuse, 2003

Financial Fraud Research Center is a joint project of the Stanford Center on Longevity and the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) Investor Education Foundation

National Committee for the Prevention of Elder AbuseToolbox of Sample Materials from Elder Abuse Prevention Programs

Office for Victims of Crime (F.A.S.T.) Financial Abuse Specialist Team Video (May 2003)

Senior Concerns—Ventura County FAST

The Successes and Challenges of Seven Multidisciplinary Teams (Abstract) Twomey, Jackson et al.,Journal of Elder Abuse and Neglect, 2010

Creating Large Systems That Work (Abstract) Malks & Cartan,Journal of Elder Abuse and Neglect, 2010

Strategies to Address Financial Abuse(Abstract) Reeves & Wysong,Journal of Elder Abuse and Neglect, 2010

Interagency Information Sharing     

The Availability and Utility of Interdisciplinary Data on Elder Abuse (PDF) NCEA 2006

Dangerous Caregivers: State Failed to Cross-Check Backgrounds, Exposing Elderly to Abusive Workers (PDF) Adkisson, Hill et al., CA Senate Office of Oversight & Outcomes  2010

HIPAA Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996.  Although releasing medical information to APS is not a HIPAA violation, many medical providers are under the mistaken belief that it is. This letter was written by the federal government’s Office for Civil Rights in response to these concerns. It states that medical providers are required to release up-to-date medical information without an authorization or court order to Adult Protection Services.

To allow covered entities to appropriately share information in this context [of protecting individuals against abuse and neglect and domestic violence], and to harmonize the Privacy Rule with existing state and federal laws mandating uses and disclosures of protected health information, 45 CFR §512(a) permits covered entities to comply with laws requiring the use or disclosure of protected health information, provided the use or disclosure meets and is limited to the relevant requirements of such other laws. Where and to the extent that such disclosures are required by law, no authorization or court order is required for the disclosure…
Click here to download the PDF of this letter.

Elder Mistreatment (online book by National Research Council‘s Panel to Review Risk and Prevalence of Elder Abuse and Neglect) Bonnie & Wallace, Eds, 2003

Violence in Families: Assessing Prevention and Treatment Programs (Online Book from National Academies Press) by Chalk & King, Eds., 1998 

Raising Public Awareness, Getting Involved »

Things You Can Do In Your Community

Anyone can act to improve the safety of elders in their community and raise awareness about the problem of elder abuse.  Here are some ideas.

Downloadable Materials For Raising Awareness About Elder Abuse And Neglect

  • Printable "Imagine A World Without Elder Abuse" Posters 

 You are welcome to download these PDF files to print and distribute these posters.

 These files require Adobe Reader.


National Associations and Advocacy Organizations


California Associations and Advocacy Organizations