NCPEA - National Committee for the Prevention of Elder Abuse
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Welcome to NCPEA

The National Committee for the Prevention of Elder Abuse (NCPEA) is an association of researchers, practitioners, educators, and advocates dedicated to protecting the safety, security, and dignity of America's most vulnerable citizens. It was established in 1988 to achieve a clearer understanding of abuse and provide direction and leadership to prevent it. Since 1998. NCPEA has been a partner or participant in the National Center on Elder Abuse, funded by Congress to serve as the nation's clearinghouse and resource for abuse and neglect. To learn more about NCPEA, click here.

The Issue of Elder Abuse


Spiraling rates of elder mistreatment are reported by both practitioners and researchers.  In a recent national study of Adult Protective Services (APS), typically the agency of first report concerning elder abuse, there were 253,421 reports of abuse of adults age 60+ or 832.6 reports for every 100,000 people over the age of 60 (Teaster, Dugar, Otto, Mendiondo, Abner, & Cecil, 2006).  The National Elder Abuse Incidence Study (National Center on Elder Abuse, 1998) found that more than 500,000 persons aged 60+ were victims of domestic abuse and that an estimated 84% of incidents are not reported to authorities, denying victims the protection and support they need.  Given the significant underreporting, the Senate Special Committee on Aging estimated that as many as five million older Americans may be victims of abuse, neglect, and/or exploitation every year.  These vulnerable elders are subject to injury and to premature death (Lachs et al., 1998), often from caregivers and family members.  Elder financial exploitation—commonly linked with other forms of abuse and neglect—threatens the health, dignity, and economic security of millions of older Americans.  Elder abuse is estimated to cost Americans tens of billions of dollars annually in health care, social services, investigative and legal costs, and lost income and assets. 



Elder Abuse News



20th Anniversary of Human Rights Day


INPEA partnered with the NCO Commission on Ageing, NY, Subcommittee on Elder Abuse and Subcommittee on Older Women (SCOW)  to raise the visibility of violence against older women on December 10, 2013, the 20th Anniversary of Human Rights Day. News Release


Recommendations to the Elder Justice Coordinating Council for a National Elder Abuse Research Agenda

Presented by the NAPSA/NCPEA Research Committee

September 24, 2013


Recognizing that research and direct practice inform each other and need to be mutually supported in order to advance the field of elder /adult protection, the Research Committee made recommendations to strengthen the nation’s response to abuse of vulnerable adults, with a particular emphasis on research related to Adult Protective Services (APS).

(Read Recommendations)




On June 13, 2013, the Department of Justice released the Vision 21: Transforming Victim Services Final Report, the culmination of a major, 2-year Office for Victims of Crime strategic planning initiative designed to change permanently the way crime victims are treated in this country. Accessed on the report at:




The National Committee for the Prevention of Elder Abuse (NCPEA) is engaged in an interdisciplinary national project to explore and address polyvictimization in late life, supported by a grant from the US Department of Justice, Office of Justice Programs, Office for Victims of Crime.  From late 2012 through January 2015, this highly collaborative venture will leverage expertise and practice wisdom through: a Project Core Team of content experts;  input from seven diverse national partner organizations representing distinct professional constituencies;  a national solicitation to contribute research and practice examples to a literature review; and a forum to deepen understanding of the findings.  From these efforts, NCPEA’s project team will develop an interdisciplinary training curriculum on polyvictimization in later life, packaged as a high quality video series with written training materials. A dedicated e-training website will house the streaming video segments along with written training materials for self-guided study.  Webinars, and presentations at national and regional conferences will further disseminate project findings and training products. 

Content experts working with NCPEA:

National Partner Organizations

Videographer:  James Vanden Bosch, Terra Nova Films, Inc.

NCPEA President and Project Supervisor:  Georgia J. Anetzberger, PhD, ACSW


Project Direction:  Collaboration and Change, LLC

For more information about the Polyvictimization Project, please contact Beth Rosenthal, NCPEA Program Director, at


Lachs, M.S., Willams, C., O’Brien, S., Pillemer, K., & Charlson, M.E.  (1998).  The mortality of elder mistreatment.  JAMA, 280, 428-432.

Teaster, P. B., Otto, J. M., Dugar, T. D., Mendiondo, M. S., Abner, E. L., & Cecil, K. A. (2006).

The 2004 survey of state Adult Protective Services: Abuse of adults 60 years of age and older.  Report to the National Center on Elder Abuse, Administration on Aging, Washington, D.C.

NCEA. (2005).  Fact Sheet, National Center on Elder Abuse.  Retrieved August 23, 2007 from