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
NCPEA’s POLYVICTIMIZATION PROJECT
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:
- Trudy Gregorie, Justice Solutions
- Candace Heisler, JD, Heisler & Associates
- Kathleen Quinn, National Adult Protective Services Association
- Holly Ramsey-Klawsnik, Ph.D, Klawsnik & Klawsnik Associates
- Karen A. Roberto, Ph.D, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University
- Daniel J. Sheridan, PhD, RN, FNE-A, FAAN, Johns Hopkins University School of Nursing
- Pamela B. Teaster, Ph.D, University of Kentucky
National Partner Organizations
- International Association of Forensic Nurses
- Justice Solutions
- National Adult Protective Services Association
- National Association of Area Agencies on Aging (n4a)
- National Center on Elder Abuse
- National Family Justice Center Alliance
- National Sexual Violence Resource Center
Videographer: James Vanden Bosch, Terra Nova Films, Inc.
NCPEA Project Supervisor: Georgia J. Anetzberger, PhD, ACSW