Elder Abuse Resources


Definitions Articles:

  • Hall, JE, Karch, DL, Crosby, AE. Elder Abuse Surveillance: Uniform Definitions and Recommended Core Data Elements For Use In Elder Abuse Surveillance, Version 1.0. Atlanta (GA): National Center for Injury Prevention and Control, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 2016.
  • Teaster P, Dugar T, Mendiondo M, Abner E, Cecil K, Otto J. The survey of state adult protective services: abuse of adults 60 years of age and older.Washington, DC. 2006.
  • Ingram EM. Expert panel recommendations on elder mistreatment using a public health framework. J Elder Abuse Negl.2003;15(2):45–65.
  • Choi NG and Mayer J. Elder abuse, neglect, and exploitation: risk factors and prevention strategies. J Gerontol Soc Work. 2000;33:5–25.
  • Thomas C. The first national study of elder abuse and neglect: contrast with results from other studies. J Elder Abuse Negl. 2000; 12(1):1-14
  • Tatara T. Elder abuse in the United States: an issue paper. Washington, D.C.1990.

Consequences Articles:

  • Lifespan of Greater Rochester, Inc., Weill Cornell Medical Center of Cornell University, New York City Department for the Aging. Under the Radar: New York State Elder Abuse Prevalence Study. Self-reported prevalence and documented case surveys pdf icon[Final Report] [2.3 MB, 42 Pages, Print Only]external icon2011 [cited 2014 Mar 24]
  • Acierno R, Hernandez MA, Amstadter AB, Resnick HS, Steve K, Muzzy W, Kilpatrick DJ. Prevalence and correlates of emotional, physical, sexual, and financial abuse and potential neglect in the United States: The National Elder Mistreatment Study. Am J Public Health. 2010; 100(2): 292-297.
  • Lindbloom EJ, Brandt J, Hough L, Meadows SE. Elder mistreatment in the nursing home: a systematic review. J Am Med Dir Assoc. 2007; 8(9):610–616.
  • Anetzberger G. The clinical management of elder abuse. New York: Hawthorne Press; 2004.
  • National Research Council. Elder mistreatment: abuse, neglect, and exploitation in an aging America. In: Bonnie RJ, Wallace RB, editors. Panel to review risk and prevalence of elder abuse and neglect. Washington DC: The National Academies Press; 2003.
  • Wolf R, Daichman L, Bennett G. 2002. Abuse of the elderly. In: Krug E, Dahlberg L, Mercy J, Zwi A, Lozano R, editors. World Report on Violence and Health. Geneva: World Health Organization. 123–146.
  • Comijs HC, Penninx BWJH, Knipscheer KPM, van Tilburg W. Psychological distress in victims of elder mistreatment: the effects of social support and coping. J Gerontol. 1999; 54B, S240–S244.
  • Lachs MS, Williams CS, O’Brien S, Pillemer KA, Charlson ME. The mortality of elder mistreatment. JAMA. 1998; 280(5):428-432. doi:10.1001/jama.280.5.428.
  • Wolf RS. Elder abuse and neglect: an update. Rev Clin Gerontol. 1997; 7:177–182.
  • American Medical Association white paper on elderly health: report of the Council on Scientific Affairs. Arch Intern Med. 1990; 150:2459–2472.
  • Pillemer KA, Prescott D. Psychological effects of elder abuse: a research note. J Elder Abuse Negl. 1989; 1: 65-73.

Risk and Protective Factors Articles:

Prevention Strategy Articles:

  • Fearing G, Sheppard CL, McDonald L, Beaulieu M, Hitzig SL.A systematic review on community-based interventions for elder abuse and neglectexternal icon. J Elder Abuse Negl. 2017 Mar 24. doi: 10.1080/08946566.2017.1308286.
  • Ayalon L, Lev S, Green O, Nevo U. A systematic review and meta-analysis of interventions designed to prevent or stop elder maltreatment. Age ageing. 2016; 45(2), 216-227. doi:10.1093/ageing/afv193
  • Baker PRA, Francis DP, Hairi NN, Othman S, Choo WY. Interventions for preventing abuse in the elderly. Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews 2016, Issue 8. Art. No.: CD010321. DOI: 10.1002/14651858.CD010321.pub2.
  • Day A, Boni N, Evert H, Knight T. An assessment of interventions that target risk factors for elder abuse. Health Soc Care Community. 2016; doi:10.1111/hsc.12332.
  • Pillemer K, Burnes D, Riffin C, Lachs MS. Elder Abuse: Global Situation, Risk Factors, and Prevention Strategiesexternal icon. Gerontologist. 2016 Apr;56 Suppl 2:S194-205. doi: 10.1093/geront/gnw004.
  • Campos-Outcalt D. USPSTF: What’s recommended, what’s not. J Fam Pract. 2014; 63(5), 265-269.
  • Daly JM, Schoenfelder DP. Elder abuse prevention. J Gerontol Nurs. 2011; 37(11), 11-17. doi:10.3928/00989134-20111004-01
  • Ploeg J, Fear J, Hutchison B, MacMillan H, Bolan G. A systematic review of interventions for elder abuseexternal icon. J Elder Abuse Negl. 2009 Jul-Sep;21(3):187-210. doi: 10.1080/08946560902997181.
  • Nation M, Crusto C, Wandersman A, Krumpfer KL, Seybolt D, Morrissey-Kane E, Davino K. What Works in Prevention: Principles of Effective Prevention Programsexternal icon. Am Psychology 2003; 58 (6-7), 449-56




CDC Data Sources:

Other Federal Data Sources:

  • Crimes Against the Elderly, 2003-2013external icon
    This report presents estimates on property and fatal and nonfatal violent victimization against persons age 65 or older from 2003-2013
  • National Adult Maltreatment Reporting System (NAMRS)external icon
    NAMRS is a national reporting system of adult protective services (APS) programs. NAMRS data come from states APS systems that voluntarily report the data to the NAMRS. Information collected include qualitative and quantitative data on APS practices and policies, outcomes of maltreatment investigations of older adults and adults with disabilities
  • National Crime Victimization Survey (NCVS)external icon
    NCVS provides information on criminal victimization in the United States. This information is provided for the population as a whole as well as for segments of the population such as women, the elderly, members of various racial groups, city dwellers, or other groups.
  • National Incident-Based Reporting System (NIBRS)external icon
    NIBRS is an incident-based reporting system in which agencies collect data on each single crime occurrence. NIBRS data come from local, state, and federal automated records’ systems.

Federal Resources:

Non-Federal Resources:

  • American Bar Association (ABA) Commission on Law and Agingexternal icon
    The ABA Commission on Law and Aging works to strengthen and secure the legal rights, dignity, autonomy, quality of life, and quality of care of elders by supporting and initiating research, policy development, technical assistance, advocacy, education, and training.
  • Center of Excellence on Elder Abuse and Neglect, University of California Irvineexternal icon
    This Center provides medical, forensic, and victim services to abused and neglected seniors and serves as a “living laboratory” of innovative approaches. Statewide and nationally, the Center of Excellence serves as a central source of technical assistance, best practice information, multidisciplinary training, useful research, and relevant policy issues in California.
  • Clearinghouse on Abuse and Neglect of the Elderly (CANE)external icon
    CANE is the nation’s largest computerized catalog of elder abuse literature. With over 6,000 entries, you can search CANE’s database to obtain references pertaining to many aspects of elder abuse and neglect, and the conditions that impact elder mistreatment.
  • International Network for the Prevention of Elder Abuse (INPEA)external icon
    INPEA is an organization dedicated to the global dissemination of information as part of its commitment to the world-wide prevention of the abuse of older people. The organization’s aim is to increase society’s ability, through international collaboration, to recognize and respond to the mistreatment of older people in whatever setting it might occur, so that the latter years of life will be free from abuse, neglect, and exploitation.
  • National Adult Protective Services Association (NAPSA)external icon
    NAPSA is a national nonprofit 501 (c) (6) organization formed in 1989 to provide state Adult Protective Services program administrators and staff with a forum for sharing information, solving problems, and improving the quality of services for victims of elder and vulnerable adult abuse.
  • National Committee for the Prevention of Elder Abuse (NCPEA)external icon
    NCPEA is an association of researchers, practitioners, educators, and advocates dedicated to protecting the safety, security, and dignity of America’s most vulnerable citizens. NCPEA’s mission is to prevent abuse, neglect, and exploitation of older persons and adults with disabilities.
  • National Association of State Units on Aging (NASUA)external icon
    NASUA is a nonprofit association representing the nation’s 56 officially designated state and territorial agencies on aging. Its mission is to advance social, health, and economic policies responsive to the needs of a diverse aging population and to enhance the capacity of its membership to promote the rights, dignity, and independence of and expand opportunities and resources for current and future generations of older persons, adults with disabilities, and their families.
  • Violence Prevention Evidence Baseexternal icon
    This database provides access to abstracts from published studies that have measured the effectiveness of interventions to prevent violence.
Need to report elder abuse or find services for older adults?

Externalexternal iconTo report elder abuse or find services for older adults and their families, visit The Eldercare Locatorexternal 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.