National Committee for the Prevention of Elder Abuse (NCPEA)

NCPEA's Affiliate Program



National Committee for the Prevention of Elder Abuse

Who We Are

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. The Committee is one of six partners that make up the National Center on Elder Abuse, which is funded by Congress to serve as the nation's clearinghouse on information and materials on abuse and neglect.

The mission of NCPEA is to prevent abuse, neglect, and exploitation of older persons and adults with disabilities through research, advocacy, services, treatment, public and professional awareness, interdisciplinary exchange, and coalition building.

Specifically, we:

  • Conduct research to reveal the causes of abuse and effective means for preventing it
  • Contribute to the scientific knowledge base on elder abuse by identifying critical information needs and providing vehicles for the exchange of new research findings
  • Promote collaboration and the exchange of knowledge between diverse disciplines
  • Provide professionals with information and training to help them effectively intervene in cases
  • Promote the growth of community coalitions to ensure comprehensive and well coordinated service delivery
  • Raise community awareness about the problem and solutions
  • Advocate for needed services and enlightened public policy

Our Accomplishments:

  • Since 1989, we have produced the Journal of Elder Abuse & Neglect, the nation's leading source of information on research and practice in the field
  • Advocated on behalf of vulnerable seniors before committees of the United States Senate and House of Representatives on numerous occasions
  • Participated in forums to set national policy, including the National Institute of Medicine's Committee on the Assessment of Family Violence Intervention, the Department of Justice's Focus Group on Abuse and Victimization of the Elderly, the Administration for Children and Families' "Next Millennium Conference: Ending Domestic Violence," the National Women's Resource Center's "Issues Forum on Violence and Women Across the Life Cycle," and the Health Resources and Services Administration's "National Family and Intimate Violence Prevention Initiative"
  • Provided leadership in the development of initiatives around the world, including Action on Elder Abuse (United Kingdom), the Latin American Committee for the Prevention of Elder Abuse, and the International Network for the Prevention of Elder Abuse
  • Promoted program development and coalition building at the state and local level through training and technical assistance; our affiliate program; small grants; and a quarterly newsletter, nexus, that provides state of the art information about professional practice and services
  • Evaluated the efficacy of interventions and approaches to stopping abuse, including community coalitions, shelters, and support groups
  • Produced award winning professional training resources

Our President

NCPEA President Bob Blancato is President of Matz, Blancato & Associates, Inc., a firm integrating public relations, government affairs and advocacy services. He assumed this position in 1996. Immediately prior, he served as the Executive Director of the 1995 White House Conference on Aging, appointed by President Clinton.

Blancato's career involves more than twenty-five years in public service in both the Congress and the Executive branch. This includes serving as Staff Director of the House Select Committee on Aging's Subcommittee on Human Services from 1977 through 1988 and as Senior Advisor until 1993. He holds a BA from Georgetown University and an MPA from American University. He currently serves as Associate Professorial Lecturer in the Graduate School of Political Management at George Washington University and continues to teach in the Post Masters Certificate Program at Hunter College in New York.

Our Board


President: Robert B. Blancato

First Vice President: Pamela B. Teaster

Second Vice President: Randolph W. Thomas

Secretary: Erika J. Taylor

Treasurer: Mary Lynn Kasunic

Board Members:

Georgia J. Anetzberger
Susan J. Aziz
Nora J. Balderian
Dave Baldridge
Lorin Baumhover
Bonnie Brandl
Roderic N. Burton
Curtis B. Clark
Coleman Costello
Mary Counihan
Julia Coyle
Ellie Crosby
Joy 0. Duke
Carmel Bitondo Dyer
Trudy Gregorie
Candace Heisler
Jonathan Heller
Mary Lynn Kasunic
Thomas C. Laughlin
Diane Menio
Bettye Mitchell
Laura Mosqueda
Lisa Nerenberg
Joanne B. Otto
Elizabeth Podnieks
Kathleen M. Quinn
Mary Joy Quinn
Holly Ramsey-Klawsnik
Jane Raymond
Chayo Reyes
Mary Ellen Rood
Winsor C. Schmidt
Lori A. Stiegel
Toshio Tatara
Marilyn Whalen
James A. Wright

Membership Categories

Individual membership in NCPEA includes a subscription to the Journal of Elder Abuse & Neglect and NCPEA's semi-annual newsletter. Membership for one year is $40. Members may subscribe to nexus for an additional $10.

Advocate membership is for individuals at a rate of $15/year. Advocates receive subscriptions to nexus and NCPEA's semi-annual newletter.

Institutional memberships are for organizations, including area agencies on aging, nursing homes, Attorney Generals' offices, state APS units, and others. Membership includes subscriptions to the Journal of Elder Abuse & Neglect and NCPEA's semi-annual newletter. Institutional membership is $125/year.

Associate Members are state level agencies that pay the institutional rate and an additional $24.00 for each of their local or regional offices to receive subscriptions to the Journal of Elder Abuse & Neglect.

Make a Donation

You can support NCPEA's important work by making a donation. Your contribution will help us:

  • Explore the nature and extent of the problem and promising approaches to preventing it
  • Increase recognition by policy-makers, professionals, and the public about elder abuse and the need for new services and public policy
  • Maintain and improve our website
  • Support our affiliates in building grassroots, local coalitions to meet local needs
  • Provide leadership in advocating for change at the national and international levels

Send your donation to:

Bob Blancato
National Committee for the Prevention of Elder Abuse
1101 Vermont Avenue, NW, Suite 1001
Washington, D.C. 20002

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National Committee for the Prevention of Elder Abuse Affiliate Program

NCPEA's Affiliate program was created to promote NCPEA's goals at the local and state levels. Affiliates are coalitions of professionals, concerned citizens, and advocates. The affiliate program provides a mechanism for its member coalitions to share ideas and resources, and to advocate for needed services, policy, and funding. The affiliate newsletter, nexus, provides updates on affiliate activities, explores cutting edge issues, and profiles new products and resources. Affiliates are provided with training and technical assistance, discounts on materials, state-of-the-art information about abuse and effective service strategies, and subscriptions to nexus for their all their members. Each affiliate also receives a subscription to the Journal of Elder Abuse & Neglect and individual affiliate members can join NCPEA at reduced rates.

In 1998, the NCPEA Affiliate Program launched "Serving Elderly Victims of Financial Exploitation," a project funded by the Archstone Foundation, to support new and innovative projects to prevent financial abuse. Representatives from each program attended a 2-day intensive skills building workshop and were provided with small grants to pilot innovative projects and services. Affiliates rose to the challenge by creating a variety of creative and promising new initiatives. For information on the project, click here.

For more information on the work of the individual Affiliates, check out Spotlight on Affiliates.

Join an Affiliate

To find out if your community has an NCPEA affiliate, visit our Spotlight on Affiliates page. If your community has a coalition, council, or organization whose mission includes preventing elder abuse abuse and neglect, or if you would like to start one, consider starting an affiliate (see below).

Start an Affiliate

If you are just starting out, NCPEA can help you as you organize your coalition. We have described three phases in developing an elder abuse prevention program. Regardless of whether you are at the stage of getting organized (Phase One), formalizing your structure (Phase Two) or well on your way to improving services in your community (Phase Three), NCPEA can help you strengthen your organization and achieve your goals. Below are descriptions of each phase of developing an elder abuse prevention coalition. Click on each link to find out more.

Phase One

Professionals and concerned citizens are aware of the problem and want to take action. This is the time to share common concerns and identify community needs. It is not the time to focus on organizational details which might distract or overwhelm the group. It may take four to six months to get a basic group going. Be certain your members feel an alliance with one another and a commitment to the issue before you move on to phase 2.

Phase Two

This is the time to begin formalizing your organizational structure and to create engaging programs that will attract members. It is a time to establish goals and objectives for the group and to enlist the support and participation of "key players" in the community.

Phase Three

This is the time to fine tune your organization . . . to refine your goals, increase membership, educate the community, and become a visible advocate for new and improved services.

For more information on joining or starting an affiliate, contact:

Bob Blancato
National Committee for the Prevention of Elder Abuse
1101 Vermont Avenue, NW, Suite 1001
Washington, D.C. 20002
(202) 682-4140
(202) 682.3984 (fax)
Email: ncpea@erols.com

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NCPEA Publications

The Journal of Elder Abuse & Neglect

Haworth Maltreatment & Trauma Press

(An imprint of The Haworth Press, Inc.)

Editor: Pamela B. Teaster, Assistant Professor in the Kentucky School of Public Health and Ph.D. Program in Gerontology/Sanders-Brown Center on Aging
Co-Editor: Georgia Antezberger, University Graduate Faculty for Health Care Administration at Cleveland State University and Adjunct Assistant Professor of Medicine at Case Western Reserve University

The Journal of Elder Abuse & Neglect is devoted to the study of the causes, effects, treatment, and prevention of the mistreatment of older people. It is the nationŐs oldest and most comprehensive source of information on elder abuse and neglect. Intended for researchers, educators, practitioners, and policymakers in the fields of aging, health, mental health, social services, adult protective services, domestic violence, law, and criminal justice, it provides a forum for the discussion of program development, policy initiatives, personal commentary, and scientific investigation about elder abuse and neglect.

Subscriptions to JEAN are available free of charge to NCPEA members.

For more information about JEAN, including subscription prices for individuals and libraries, the content of recent issues, reviews, and to order a free sample copy, visit the Haworth Press website at:www.haworthpressinc.com or click here.

Table of Contents

For a complete listing of articles published in JEAN since its inception, click here.

Call for papers

Prospective authors are invited to submit manuscripts for possible publication in the journal. For more information about submitting a manuscript, contact the editors:

Information coming soon . . .

nexus: the publication for NCPEA Affiliates

nexus: the publication for NCPEA affiliates is edited by Lisa Nerenberg. It provides updates on affiliates' activities, profiles new materials, and explores new and emergent issues of interest to practitioners. It comes out three times a years and is available to NCPEA members on a subscription basis for $10 a year. Copies are free to members of NCPEA affiliates.

Check out the nexus reading room on this site for condensed versions of some of our best interviews over the years.

Monographs and videos

Wolf, R.S. Elder Shelters: U.S., Canada, and Japan (1999, 12 pp). This publication contains the findings of a recent survey.

Wolf, R.S. Support Groups for Older Victims of Domestic Violence: Sponsors and Programs (1998, 37 pp). This publication contains the findings of a recent survey of programs across the U.S. and Canada.

Wolf, R.S. (1999) A Research Agenda on Abuse of Older Persons and Disabled Adults

Elder Abuse And Neglect In The Family: A Videotape Series

This three-part videotape training series, produced by Intersection Associates, Cambridge, Massachusetts as part of Project IDEA, a U.S. Administration on Aging funded project was the first prize winner in The Retirement Research Foundation's national media awards. The following videos can be purchased or rented individually or as a series.

#1 The Hidden Sorrow: An Overview (24 minutes). This overview of the problem examines definitions of elder abuse and neglect, and its causes and manifestations, through conversations with victims, medical staff, and other professionals. It provides an opportunity to examine individual feelings about "ageism" and cultural views on aging and old people.

#2 In Pursuit Of A Life Without Violence: Intervention Strategies (26 minutes). Using four actual cases of elder abuse, social workers discuss intervention strategies which involve conducting assessments, developing service plans, coordinating community services, using the legal system, and building trusting relationships.

#3 Difficult Choices: Ethical Issues In Casework (20 minutes). Using a case example, a caseworker, lawyers, and other professionals analyze the civil rights of individuals to live their own lives without intervention from the state. Issues of competency, victim reluctance, and quality of life are raised.


Rental: $25.00 for individual tapes and $60.00 for the series
Purchase: $75.00 for individual tapes and $180.00 for the series

To order, contact:
Bob Blancato
National Committee for the Prevention of Elder Abuse
1101 Vermont Avenue, NW, Suite 1001
Washington, D.C. 20002
(202) 682-4140
(202) 682.3984 (fax)
Email: ncpea@erols.com