Elder abuse is an intentional act, or failure to act, by a caregiver or another person in a relationship involving an expectation of trust that causes or creates a risk of harm to an older adult. (An older adult is defined as someone age 60 or older.)
Strategies to help states and communities prevent elder abuse
Articles, publications, and data sources
- Understanding Elder Abuse pdf icon[185 KB, 2 Pages, 508]
This fact sheet provides a basic overview of elder abuse. It is intended for the general public.
- World Report on Violence and Health pdf icon[148 KB, 24 Pages, 508]external icon
This report is the first comprehensive review of violence on a global scale. Chapter 5 provides detailed information on elder abuse.
- Elder Abuse Surveillance: Uniform Definitions and Recommended Core Data Elements pdf icon[3.8 MB, 124 Pages, 508]
To report elder abuse or find services for older adults and their families, visit The Eldercare LocatorExternalexternal icon. You can also access the Locator by calling 1-800-677-1116.The Eldercare Locator is a public service of the U.S. Administration on Aging.