Elder abuse has been the subject of numerous Congressional reports and testimony. Key questions have also been explored by the Government Accountability Office. Several Federal Departments and Programs have collected information on elder abuse or related topics. A compilation of publications is shown below.
Elder Abuse Surveillance: Uniform Definitions and Recommended Core Data Elements
Longstanding divergences in the definitions and data elements used to collect information on elder abuse make it difficult to measure elder abuse nationally, compare the problem across states, counties, and cities, and establish trends and patterns in the occurrence and experience of elder abuse. To help remedy these problems and promote public health surveillance of elder abuse, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and a diverse group of elder abuse experts collaboratively produced version 1.0 of uniform definitions and recommended core data elements for possible use in standardizing the collection of elder abuse data locally and nationally. Access the full report (PDF).
Elder Justice Roadmap Project Report
Given the widespread health, legal, social and economic implications of elder abuse, the Elder Justice Roadmap Project sought the input of experts and stakeholders from across the country in order to develop a strategic resource—by the field and for the field—to combat elder abuse, neglect and financial exploitation. The report identifies and prioritizes actions that direct service providers, educators, and researchers can take to benefit older adults facing abuse, neglect or financial exploitation. Likewise, it provides a roadmap for strategic investment and engagement by policymakers in both the public and private sectors to advance our collective efforts to prevent and combat elder abuse at the local, state and national levels.
2014 Elder Justice Roadmap Report: 2015 Update on Its Impact
In 2014, The Elder Justice Roadmap Report (PDF) was disseminated for use as a strategic planning guide. This Impact Update highlights some of the many deliverables that resulted from the Roadmap.
- The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau will release an advisory to help financial institutions prevent, recognize and report elder financial exploitation
- The National Center on Elder Abuse created a factsheet (PDF) and flowchart (PDF) on the capabilities of Adult Protective Services (APS) (a collaboration with National Adult Protective Services Association)
- ACL Draft Voluntary Consensus Guidelines for State APS Systems
- Elder justice focus at the 2015 White House Conference on Aging
- Ohio created a law that requires each county APS program establishes “an interdisciplinary team to coordinate prevention, reporting, and treatment activities designed to address elder abuse, neglect, and exploitation”
- Aging and Disability Resource Connection of Oregon is doing planning on the state level using the Roadmap
- Elder Abuse Multidisciplinary Teams: Planning for the Future (PDF) monograph (collaboration with NYC Elder Abuse Center, The Brookdale Center for Healthy Aging, and The Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Center for Elder Abuse Prevention at the Hebrew Home at Riverdale)
- Elder Investment Fraud and Financial Exploitation Prevention Program Legal (EIFFE Prevention Program Legal) (collaboration with American Bar Association Commission on Law and Aging, Investor Protection Trust, Investor Protection Institute, North American Securities Administrators Association, and state securities regulators’ offices and state bar associations)
- The U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) is developing elder abuse and financial exploitation training for their agents (Collaboration with the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the U.S. Postal Service and the Internal Revenue Service).
- trea.usc.edu, an online database of elder abuse related training resources for professionals, caregivers and the community
- DOJ’s National Institute of Justice and its Elder Justice Initiative funds research to evaluate potential means to avoid and respond to elder mistreatment
- The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services released research briefs on the Elder Abuse Prevention Interventions Pilot Programs
- National Institutes of Health held a Multiple Approaches to Understanding and Preventing Elder Abuse and Mistreatment workshop on October 30, 2015.
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Congressional Reports and Surveys
The U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) audits agency operations, investigates allegations of illegal/improper activities, reports on government program and policy performance, provides policy analyses for congressional consideration, and issues legal decisions and opinions, The GAO is an independent, nonpartisan agency that conducts research at the request of congressional committees or subcommittees or as mandated by public laws or committee reports.
The Congressional Research Service (CRS) works exclusively for the United States Congress, providing policy and legal analysis to committees and Members of both the House and Senate, as a legislative branch agency within the Library of Congress.
- Older Americans Act: Long-Term Care Ombudsman Program (2009)
- A Compendium of Statutory Authorities that Address the Prevention, Detection, or Treatment of Elder Abuse (2010)
Congressional Research Service Reports made available by the University of North Texas Digital Library:
- Older Americans Act: Programs and Funding
- Comparison of California's Financial Information Privacy Act of 2003 with Federal Privacy Provisions
- Violence Against Women Act: History and Federal Funding (2005)
- Violence Against Women Act: History, Federal Funding, and Reauthorizing Legislation (2003)
- Violence Against Women Act: History, Federal Funding, and Reauthorizing Legislation (2001)
- Older Americans Act: 105th Congress Issues
- The Schiavo Case: Legal Issues
- United Nations System Efforts to Address Violence Against Women
- International Violence Against Women: U.S. Response and Policy Issues
- Welfare Law and Domestic Violence (2003)
- Welfare Law and Domestic Violence (2002)
- Welfare Law and Domestic Violence (2001)
Federal Agency Reports and Publications
The National Institute of Justice—the research, development and evaluation agency of the U.S. Department of Justice—is dedicated to improving knowledge and understanding of crime and justice issues through science. NIJ provides objective and independent knowledge and tools to reduce crime and promote justice, particularly at the state and local levels.
Office of the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation, Office of Disability, Aging and Long-Term Care Policy
The Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation (ASPE) is the principal advisor to the Secretary of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services on policy development, and is responsible for major activities in policy coordination, legislation development, strategic planning, policy research, evaluation, and economic analysis.
- Congressional Report on the Feasibility of Establishing a Uniform National Database on Elder Abuse
- Disability—Functional Limitations and Status
The CDC is one of the major operating components of the Department of Health and Human Services. CDC”s Mission is to collaborate to create the expertise, information, and tools that people and communities need to protect their health—through health promotion, prevention of disease, injury and disability, and preparedness for new health threats.
- Elder Abuse Surveillance: Uniform Definitions and Recommended Core Data Elements
- Violence Prevention
- Elder Abuse
OVC administers the Crime Victims Fund, which supports a broad array of programs and services that focus on helping victims in the immediate aftermath of crime and continuing to support them as they rebuild their lives. Millions of dollars are invested annually in victim compensation and assistance in every U.S. state and territory, as well as for training, technical assistance, and other capacity-building programs designed to enhance service providers’ ability to support victims of crime in communities across the nation.