role does the media play in elder abuse prevention?
media can shape public perception about the problem, familiarize
the public with available resources, educate policy makers
about the problem and the need for effective services and
policy, and encourage victims to come forward for help.
It can also serve as a deterrent by warning perpetrators
and potential abusers of the consequences of their actions.
can the media get involved in elder abuse prevention?
coverage of new developments in the field including new
policy, research findings, and services
stories that highlight the extent and complexity of the
the public understand the role of community agencies,
the benefits and resources they offer, and the challenges
they face in addressing the problem
the message to victims that they are not alone, that nobody
deserves to be abused, and that help is available
victims and others about how to access services
the message to perpetrators and would be perpetrators
that abuse will not be tolerated and that they will be
resources are available to help?
Elder Abuse Beat: Journalists Speak Out. In nexus,
a Publication for NCPEA Affiliates. December 1998.
variety of resources are available for learning more about
elder abuse. The Resources
section of this website includes a bibliography on elder
abuse and neglect, training resources, and a list of national