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General Elder Abuse Content

CDC report on standard definitions for elder abuse
Source: CDC
Content Type: PDF
Extensive review of definitions used in reporting elder abuse and CDC recommended standard definitions.

HHS Research Briefs on Elder Abuse Prevention Intervention Demonstration Grants
Source: ACL
Content Type: Webspage
In FY 2012, the Administration for Community Living (ACL) at HHS provided funding to 5 state grantees to test interventions designed to prevent elder abuse, neglect, and exploitation. Additionally, ACL partnered with HHS' Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation (ASPE) to evaluate the projects. As part of the White House Conference on Aging last month, ACL and ASPE released research briefs about the demonstrations. We would like to share that information with you all, and we hope that what we are learning from these demonstrations will help inform future efforts to explore what works in the prevention of abuse, neglect, and exploitation.

A Judicial Response to Elder Abuse
Source: National Center for State Courts
Content Type: Website with online video
The Center for Elder and Courts' new self-paced course - Justice Responses to Elder Abuse - offers a wide array of information and resources to address and reduce elder abuse. It is designed for use by practitioners and members of the public alike. The course presents the latest research on aging issues, including physical, cognitive and emotional changes that increase an older person's vulnerability to abuse. Medical, prosecution and judicial experts explore the dynamics of elder abuse and highlight individual and systemic barriers to effective remedies for victims. Practitioners in the justice system will discover how specific tools can improve access to justice and enhance outcomes for older victims of abuse. The course units include a mix of expert presentations and discussions, video clips, interactive exercises and supplemental resources.

Terra Nova Training Videos on Elder Abuse and other topics
Source: Terra Nova Films
Content Type: Website
Terra Nova films sells and rents a broad range of training videos on age related issues. The Videos can be a excellent tool for local workshops and community presentations.

Frequently Asked Questions on Elder Abuse
Source: NCEA
Content Type: Web-page
Most commonly asked question about elder abuse.

National Center on State Courts, Center on Elders and the Courts
Source: NCSC
Content Type: Website
An interactive website with extensive resources.

How Is Elder Abuse Perceived in the Courtroom?
Source: Dr Jonathan M. Golding and Nesa E. Wasarhaley, University of Kentucky
Content Type: PDF article
This article explores how mock juries perceive various witnesses and issues in elder abuse cases. The article is based on original research using mock juries in a lab setting conducted by the authors.

NAPRC practice brief Ontario Restorative Justice project
Source: NAPSRC
Content Type: Pdf
Practice brief with links to additional resources on an Ontario restorative justice project examining community initiatives to implement restorative justice in elder abuse.

A Multi-Site Assessment of Five Court-Focused Elder Abuse Initiatives
Source: ABA
Content Type: PDF report
Researchers from the American Bar Association Commission on Law and Aging and the University of Kentucky College of Public Health/Department of Gerontology assessed the five court-focused elder abuse initiatives in existence when the study began. As the initiatives varied in their purpose and structure, we coined that term to describe them generally. We defined the term to mean either
(1) a court or a court-based program or
(2) a program conducted in partnership with a court, both of which serve victims or potential victims of elder abuse.

Rape, Abuse, & Incest National Network
Source: RAINN
Content Type: Webpage
RAINN is one of the largest anti-sexual violence organizations in the United States. They provide a wide array of information on how to stop sexual abuse. Their website includes statistics, an online hotline where they provide short term crisis intervention (for all ages), policy surrounding this issue, and how people can get involved in their own communities.

Source: National Committee for the Prevention of Elder Abuse
Content Type: Webpage
The NCPEA provides prevention tips on elder abuse.

State Elder Abuse Hotlines
Source: National Council on Child Abuse and Family Violence
Content Type: Hotline/Webpage
If anyone suspects elder abuse, this website will guide them to an elder abuse hotline in their area.

GAO report on elder justice act
Source: GAO
Content Type: Multi page web site
Elder Justice: Survey of Adult Protective Services Program Administrators (GAO-11-129SP, March 2011), an E-supplement to GAO-11-208 GAO-11-129SP March 2, 2011, This is an E-supplement to GAO-11-208. It presents the results of GAO’s web-based survey of all 50 states and the District of Columbia to examine the responsibilities, organization, and challenges of Adult Protective Services (APS) programs.

GAO report on elder abuse and federal leadership
Source: GAO
Content Type: Website
Elder Justice: Stronger Federal Leadership Could Enhance National Response to Elder Abuse GAO-11-208 March 2, 2011. Each day, news reports cite instances of older adults across the United States being abused, denied needed care, or financially exploited, often by those they depend on. This report contains information on (1) existing estimates of the extent of elder abuse and their quality, (2) factors associated with elder abuse and its impact on victims, (3) characteristics and challenges of state Adult Protective Services (APS) responsible for addressing elder abuse, and (4) federal support and leadership in this area. To obtain this information, GAO reviewed relevant research; visited six states and surveyed state APS programs; analyzed budgetary and other federal documents; reviewed federal laws and regulations; and interviewed federal officials, researchers, and elder abuse experts.

Clearinghouse on Abuse and Neglect of the Elderly
Source: Clearinghouse on Abuse and Neglect of the Elderly
Content Type: Website
CANE, located at the University of Delaware, is the nation’s largest archive of published research, training resources, government documents, and other sources on elder abuse. With more than 5,000 holdings, you can search CANE’s database to obtain references pertaining to the many facets of elder mistreatment.

Elder Abuse Fatality Review Teams: A Replication Manual
Source: American Bar Association Commission on Law and Aging
Content Type: Manual
The manual raises the issues and challenges that a team may face and shares ideas for addressing them that have been used by an existing EA-FRT or by child abuse or domestic violence fatality review teams.

National Clearinghouse on Abuse in Later Life
Source: National Clearinghouse on Abuse in Later Life
Content Type: Website
A variety of resources on domestic abuse in later life.

AARP: Elder Abuse
Source: American Association of Retired Persons
Content Type: Website
Research reports on elder abuse.