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A Response to the Abuse of Vulnerable Adults (pdf)

added 02/10/2006
National Center on Elder Abuse

This report is the result of a 2000 survey of state adult protective services conducted by the National Association of Adult Protective Services Administrators.

Abuse in Later Life (pdf)

added 03/27/2012
National Coalition Against Domestic Violence

Fact sheet on the abuse of individuals in later life. Includes definitions, challenges and general information.

Abuse in Later Life Wheel (pdf)

added 10/16/2008

This power and control wheel is developed for older victims and is adapted from the original power/equality wheel by the Domestic Abuse Intervention Project in Duluth, MN.

Abuse, Neglect and Exploitation In Licensed Facilities (pdf)

added 08/06/1996
Bureau of Elder and Adult Services of Maine

Offers information and resources on elder abuse, neglect, and exploitation in licensed facilities.

Addressing Elder Sexual Abuse: Developing a Community Response

added 07/21/2005
Karla Vierthaler, Nora Dowd Eisenhower and Delia Rumberg

This multimedia curriculum is created to promote community partnerships in combating elder sexual abuse. This is a joint project of the Pennsylvania Coalition Against Rape and the Pennsylvania Department of Aging and is funded by the Pennsylvania Department of Aging and the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime & Delinquency.

Broken Trust: Elders, Family & Finances (pdf)

added 07/11/2010
MetLife Mature Market Institute and the National Committee for the Prevention of Elder Abuse

"This is a report of a collaborative study of elder financial abuse. The study examines the prevalence as well as characteristics of victims and perpetrators of financial elder abuse and offers suggestions for identifying and addressing this problem. "

Chinese Lifetime Spiral of Gender Violence (pdf)

added 04/24/2010

"Chinese translation of the Lifetime Spiral of Gender Violence. The spiral implicitly locates a range of abuses in the lives of girls and women, revealing patterns of victimization and perpetration. The Lifetime Spiral is designed to be used by everyone to identify histories of violence in their own lives or in the lives of family and friends."

Detecting, Addressing and Preventing Elder Abuse in Residential Care Facilities (pdf)

added 07/11/2010
Catherine Hawes and Anne-Marie Kimbell, National Criminal Justice Reference Service

"This study focused on detection, investigation, and resolution of elder abuse and neglect complaints in what are known as residential care facilities."

Domestic Abuse in Later Life

added 11/01/2005
Bonnie Brandl and Loree Cook-Daniels

This VAWnet document summarizes research addressing domestic abuse in later life, which is defined as male and female victims, age 50 and older, abused by someone in a trusted, ongoing relationship such as spouse or partner, family member, and/or some caregivers or older battered women. Fifty-four articles published from 1988 to 2002 were reviewed.

Elder Abuse and Neglect

added 07/19/2010
Linda M. Woolf, Ph.D.

This document provides an overview of elder abuse including types of abuse, risk factors, and prevention and intervention strategies for individuals, families, and communities.

Elder Abuse and Neglect Basics: Elder Abuse Laws

added 02/10/2006

This page provides a brief overview of the major areas of federal and state law related to services for elder abuse victims, civil remedies for elder abuse, neglect and exploitation, and the prosecution of crimes against elderly people.

Elder Abuse: A Women’s Issue (pdf)

added 07/11/2010

"This report brings together experts and organizations that work to combat the problem of elder abuse, sharing its many dimensions and complexities, how it affects women in a disproportionate manner, and seeking effective solutions."

Elder Mistreatment: Abuse, Neglect, and Exploitation in an Aging America

added 08/01/2006
Richard J. Bonnie and Robert B. Wallace, Eds

This full book link is provided courtesy of The National Academies Press. This is an online book and can be read in its entirety front to back, by chapter or skimmed by topic of interest. Published in 2002, this book details everything from the definitions and concepts of elder abuse to the public policy implications as well as to the types of interventions available for working with this population.

Emerging issues in domestic/family violence research (pdf)

added 05/28/2010
Lorana Bartels

"This paper presents an overview of the key emerging issues in Australian domestic and family violence research in the context of gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender and intersex communities; the elderly; those with disabilities; people from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds; Indigenous communities; homelessness; the impact on children; and issues around perpetrator programs."

Examination of Resident Abuse in Assisted Living Facilities (pdf)

added 04/22/2013
Nicholas Castle, Ph.D. for the National Institute of Justice

This study surveyed administrators and direct care workers in Assisted Living Facilities across the United States to assess their perceptions of the prevalence and nature of resident abuse in their facilities as well as the demographic and other characteristics of abuse victims and perpetrators.

Health Care Costs Associated with Violence in Pennsylvania (pdf)

added 08/11/2008
Health Services Research (August 2000)

"Reports the impact of violence in Pennsylvania including interpersonal violence (homicide, aggravated assault, rape) domestic violence (partner, child and elder abuse) and self-directed violence (suicide and attempted suicide)."

Korean Lifetime Spiral of Gender Violence (pdf)

added 04/24/2010

"Korean translation of the Lifetime Spiral of Gender Violence. The spiral implicitly locates a range of abuses in the lives of girls and women, revealing patterns of victimization and perpetration. The Lifetime Spiral is designed to be used by everyone to identify histories of violence in their own lives or in the lives of family and friends."

Lifetime Spiral of Gender Violence

added 04/23/2010

"The Lifetime Spiral implicitly locates a range of abuses in the lives of girls and women, revealing patterns of victimization and perpetration. The Lifetime Spiral is designed to be used by everyone to identify histories of violence in their own lives or in the lives of family and friends."

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Missing voices: views of older persons on elder abuse (pdf)

added 03/11/2011
WHO, INPEA

This study asks older persons and primary health care workers themselves a series of questions in order to understand what their perceptions are, how they themselves classify elder abuse, and what they perceive as the first steps needed for a global strategy against the abuse of older people. The findings throw new light on how to perceive and approach elder abuse.

National Elder Abuse Incidence Study - 1998 (pdf)

added 02/10/2006

The first report of its kind in the U.S., this incidence report details the definitions of elder abuse, the characteristics of victims and perpetrators of elder abuse, and the findings of this survey project.

New York City Domestic Violence Fatality Review Committee Annual Report 2008 (pdf)

added 10/07/2009

This report describes family-related homicides that occurred in New York City between 2002 and 2007. Includes key findings, risk factors, and action steps in response to findings.

Ohio Elder Abuse Task Force Report (pdf)

added 06/21/2005
Elder Abuse Task Force, State of Ohio

This report consists of recommendations, issues for future consideration, and implementation strategies for the prevention of elder abuse as a result of research done by the Ohio Elder Abuse Task Force.

Preventing and Responding to Domestic & Sexual Violence in Later Life

added 07/11/2010
Minnesota Center Against Violence and Abuse(MINCAVA), National Sexual Violence Resource Center (NSVRC), and National Resource Center on Domestic Violence (NRCDV)

"This special collection brings together selected materials related to preventing and responding to elder abuse, specifically domestic and sexual violence. It highlights the complexities of older people's DV/SV experiences and emphasizes collaborative and multi-pronged approaches to addressing DV/SV in later life."

Psychological Abuse: A Discussion Paper (pdf)

added 05/27/2009
Deborah Doherty and Dorothy Berglund

"This paper is a review of research on psychological abuse in interpersonal and family relationships including in settings such as long-term care residences.The paper presents research findings on the personal, economic and health related costs of psychological abuse to the individual and to society, and briefly outlines legal recourses for victims. It concludes by exploring ways to recognize and address psychological abuse, while emphasizing the importance of developing holistic approaches "

Punjabi Lifetime Spiral of Gender Violence (pdf)

added 04/23/2010

"Punjabi translation of the Lifetime Spiral of Gender Violence. The spiral implicitly locates a range of abuses in the lives of girls and women, revealing patterns of victimization and perpetration. The Lifetime Spiral is designed to be used by everyone to identify histories of violence in their own lives or in the lives of family and friends."

Report on Elder Abuse in India (pdf)

added 06/26/2012

As life expectancy in India is increasing and the number of elderly is growing, security and abuse of older persons is emerging as an issue of greater concern. HelpAge India felt it was important to understand issues relating to elder abuse, its nature and extent of prevalence across cities, and perceptions of the elderly and other stakeholders. The study outcome is expected to provide a better understanding of the issues that need intervention and advocacy.

Rural Domestic and Sexual Abuse Program Advocates: Making a Difference in the Lives of Older Survivors of Abuse

added 10/17/2013

The purpose of this booklet is to provide rural domestic and sexual abuse service programs with possible resources and tools to effectively respond to abuse in later life, an issue that lies at the nexus between domestic violence, sexual assault, and elder abuse. The first section provides an overview of abuse in later life and the unique challenges it poses for older victims and service providers. The remainder of the booklet provides ideas and perspectives for serving older victims, including suggestions on tailoring services in domestic and sexual violence programs to better meet the needs of this population and a discussion on how communities can work together to respond to abuse in later life.

Screening for Intimate Partner Violence and Abuse of Elderly and Vulnerable Adults (Fact Sheet)

added 01/23/2013
U.S. Preventive Services Task Force

The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force makes recommendations about the effectiveness of specific clinical preventive services for patients without related signs or symptoms. Recommendations are based on the evidence of both the benefits and harms of the service and an assessment of the balance. This Recommendation Statement recommends that clinicians screen women of childbearing age for intimate partner violence (IPV), such as domestic violence, and provide or refer women who screen positive to intervention services. At this time, current evidence is insufficient to assess the balance of benefits and harms of screening all elderly or vulnerable adults.
This resource links to the fact sheet that explains the final recommendation statement in plain language. To access the full report, visit http://www.uspreventiveservicestaskforce.org/uspstf12/ipvelder/ipvelderfinalrs.htm

Tagalog Lifetime Spiral of Gender Violence (pdf)

added 04/24/2010

"Tagalog translation of the Lifetime Spiral of Gender Violence. The spiral implicitly locates a range of abuses in the lives of girls and women, revealing patterns of victimization and perpetration. The Lifetime Spiral is designed to be used by everyone to identify histories of violence in their own lives or in the lives of family and friends."

The Availability and Utility of Interdisciplinary Data on Elder Abuse: A White Paper for the National Center on Elder Abuse (pdf)

added 08/01/2006

This new study commissioned by NCEA highlights data sources on elder abuse in the health care, long term care, criminal justice, fiduciary, and legal services arenas, beyond adult protective services data. Such data are required as a basis for informed and enlightened social policy on the prevention and treatment of elder abuse.

The Multiple Faces of the Intersections between HIV and Violence Against Women (pdf)

added 02/20/2009
Development Connections, UNIFEM, Pan American Health Organization, Inter-American Commission of Women and the Latin American and Caribbean Women’s Health Network

"The report compiles various articles that describe the intersection of and links between violence against women and the increasing number of HIV/AIDS transmissions among women. The publishers hope to prompt discussion and efforts focused on creating integrated policies and programs that address violence against women and HIV."

Theoretical Model Development in Elder Mistreatment (pdf)

added 08/22/2011
Kerry Burnight, Ph.D.; Laura Mosqueda, MD

To foster theoretical model development, this article: (1) takes inventory of the empirically‐derived knowledge on elder mistreatment; (2) reviews the major theoretical approaches to the etiology of elder mistreatment; (3) proposes a new model of elder mistreatment of older adults with cognitive impairment.

Why Does Abuse Happen in Later Life?

added 05/27/2009

"This forum explores the issue of elder abuse and is hosted by Diana Christen, Executive Director of the Family Life Center, a Certified Domestic/Sexual Violence Center and Emergency Shelter in Bunnell, Florida. Diana has specialized in the prevention of domestic/sexual violence for over 10 years."

Women and Health: Today’s Evidence, Tomorrow’s Agenda (pdf)

added 04/30/2010

"This report reviews evidence on the health issues that particularly affect girls and women throughout their life course. This report uses currently available data to draw attention to the consequences and costs of failing to address health issues at appropriate points in their lives."