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What role does the media play in elder abuse prevention?

The 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.

How can the media get involved in elder abuse prevention?

  • Provide coverage of new developments in the field including new policy, research findings, and services
  • Develop stories that highlight the extent and complexity of the problem
  • Help the public understand the role of community agencies, the benefits and resources they offer, and the challenges they face in addressing the problem
  • Convey the message to victims that they are not alone, that nobody deserves to be abused, and that help is available
  • Inform victims and others about how to access services
  • Convey the message to perpetrators and would be perpetrators that abuse will not be tolerated and that they will be held accountable

What resources are available to help?

The Elder Abuse Beat: Journalists Speak Out. In nexus, a Publication for NCPEA Affiliates. December 1998.

A 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 organizations.

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