"Involving Elected Officials in Coalitions"
June 7, 2013
The Eighth Annual New York City Elder Abuse Conference
June 5, 2013
The New School
66 West 12th Street
New York City
8:00 AM - 3:30 PM
Research and Evaluation on the Abuse, Neglect, and Exploitation of Elderly Individuals and Residents of Residential Care Facilities - NIJ Funding Update
NIJ seeks proposals for research and evaluation related to abuse, neglect, and exploitation of elderly individuals and residents of residential care facilities. Research proposed may be focused at the State, local, tribal, Federal, or juvenile criminal justice policy, and practice levels. NIJ is interested in proposals that address gaps in the ability to prevent, detect, and respond to abuse, neglect, and exploitation of elderly individuals and people who live in residential care facilities. Priority research areas include studies that:
(1) Identify and explore forensic markers of physical abuse, sexual abuse, and neglect among the elderly living in any setting;
(2) Perform rigorous evaluations of programs designed to prevent, deter, detect, investigate, prosecute, or otherwise respond to abuse, neglect, and exploitation of elderly individuals and people who live in residential care facilities; and
(3) Increase our understanding of financial exploitation, particularly: (1) risk and protective factors for financial fraud victimization and offending that could be targeted for prevention; (2) the consequences of financial abuse for older adults; and (3) the connection between financial exploitation and other forms of elder mistreatment.
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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.