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Older adults who experience victimization often have a hard time navigating the criminal justice system and getting the help and services they need. Older individuals may be particularly vulnerable to abuse and neglect; domestic or intimate partner violence; property crimes; and financial crimes. Elder abuse, also known as elder mistreatment, generally refers to any knowing, intentional, or negligent act that causes harm or creates a serious risk of harm to an older person by a family member, caregiver, or other person in a trust relationship. Elder abuse may include abuse that is physical, emotional/psychological (including threats), or sexual; neglect (including abandonment); and financial exploitation. This is a general definition; state definitions of elder abuse vary. Some definitions may also include fraud, scams, or financial crimes targeted at older people. 

 

The effects of victimization can be devastating for older victims of crime. The following resources are provided to help bring greater awareness to crimes against elderly individuals. 


OVC and OVC-Sponsored Publications

Vision 21: Transforming Victim Services Final Report (May 2013) OVC, Report, 63 pages, NCJ 239957.
The Vision 21: Transforming Victim Services initiative was launched by OVC in fall 2010 to expand the vision and impact of the crime victim assistance field. This Final Report provides a set of findings and broad recommendations, informed by stakeholder forums and literature reviews, that form a framework for strategic, transformative change. The Final Report outlines ways the field can overcome the obstacles it faces and change how it meets victims' needs and addresses those who perpetrate crime.
Abstract | PDF (Full Report) | PDF (Summary & Recommendations) | PDF (At a Glance Fact Sheet)
 
Nursing Response to Elder Mistreatment Curriculum (2010) OVC-Sponsored, 12 pages, NCJ 234185.
Developed by the International Association of Forensic Nurses and funded by OVC, the goal of this course is to help nurses acquire essential knowledge and skills to appropriately respond to elder mistreatment.
Abstract | HTML
 
Responding to Elder Abuse: What Law Enforcement Should Know (DVD) (August 2010) OVC, OVC Videos, 0 pages, NCJ 223413.
This 15-minute video (NCJ 223413) is one of a series of three DVDs on elder abuse created for specific audiences. The video describes what law enforcement officers can do when they encounter elder abuse, neglect, or exploitation in residences, nursing homes, or other long-term care facilities. It includes basic information about locating appropriate referral resources for intervention and support for the older abuse victim, following mandatory reporting laws, and working collaboratively with other organizations.
Abstract | HTML (Transcript) | Video (.wmv Video Clip) | Video (.mov Video Clip)
Part Of the OVC Videos Series
 
Responding to Elder Abuse: What Judges and Court Personnel Should Know (DVD) (August 2010) OVC, OVC Videos, 0 pages, NCJ 223415.
This 14-minute video (NCJ 223415) is one of a series of three DVDs on elder abuse created for specific audiences. The video highlights critical issues for judges and court personnel to consider when they encounter abused, neglected, and exploited older persons participating in the judicial system. The video illustrates what judges may face in these situations, offers recommendations focused on the special needs of older abuse victims, and highlights examples of successful court-based elder abuse initiatives.
Abstract | HTML (Transcript) | Video (.mov Video Clip) | Video (.wmv Video Clip)
Part Of the OVC Videos Series
 
In Their Own Words: Domestic Abuse in Later Life (August 2010) OVC, OVC Videos, 137 pages, NCJ 227928.
This two-DVD package and training guide (NCJ 227928) uses the voices of older victims to facilitate a dialog among a range of professionals about the dynamics of abuse, the barriers these victims have to overcome to live free from abuse, and interventions and potential collaborations that may be effective in such cases. In addition to individual segments with victims, family members, victim service providers, and allied professionals, the DVDs include several topical segments and a montage of victim and advocate voices designed for use by policymakers. It also includes an interactive role play between a parish nurse and an adult daughter caring for her father intended to help professionals recognize justifications for elder mistreatment. A trainer's guide, which accompanies these DVDs, provides background on the victims and discussion questions targeted at a variety of professional audiences.
Abstract | PDF (Trainer's Guide) | HTML (Transcript - Disc 1) | HTML (Transcript - Disc 2) | Video (Disc 1 .wmv Video Clip) | Video (Disc 1 .mov Video Clip) | Video (Disc 2 .wmv Video Clip) | Video (Disc 2 .mov Video Clip)
Part Of the OVC Videos Series
 

OJP Publications

Crimes Against the Elderly, 2003-2013 (November 2014) BJS, Report, BJS Special Reports, NCJ 248339.
Presents estimates on property and fatal and nonfatal violent victimization against persons age 65 or older from 2003 to 2013. The report examines patterns of victimization over time and the distribution of violent victimization by the victim-offender relationship, victim's disability status, victim and incident characteristics, reporting to police, injuries sustained during the victimization, and identity theft victimization against the elderly.

Part Of the BJS Special Reports Series PDF | TEXT
 
Understanding Elder Abuse: New Directions for Developing Theories of Elder Abuse Occurring in Domestic Settings (June 2013) NIJ, Report, NIJ Research in Brief, 40 pages, NCJ 241731.
This report discusses findings from two NIJ studies of elder abuse in domestic settings. Compared to other areas of family violence, elder abuse has lagged in theory development and relied more on adapting existing theories from other fields. The authors describe the findings from the two studies in this context, emphasizing the importance of developing new theories of elder abuse and of looking critically at current theories to increase our understanding and guide future research.

Part Of the NIJ Research in Brief Series Abstract | PDF
 
People with Dementia as Witnesses to Emotional Events (April 2011) NIJ-Sponsored, Grant, 30 pages, NCJ 234132.
Elderly person with dementia are often the only witnesses to crimes against them, such as physical or financial elder abuse, yet they are disparaged and discounted as unreliable. Clinical experience with this population indicates that significant emotional experiences may be salient to people with dementia, and that certain behaviors and characteristics enhance their credibility as historians. This is the first systematic research to identify people with dementia with reliable emotional memory and their characteristics.
Abstract | PDF
 
Course of Domestic Abuse among Chicago's Elderly: Risk Factors, Protective Behaviors, and Police Intervention (December 2010) NIJ-Sponsored, Grant, 132 pages, NCJ 232623.
This study examines if and how risk factors and protective behaviors affect the course of abuse over time, and the role of the police in intervening with elderly victims of domestic abuse and/or neglect.
Abstract | PDF
 
Prosecuting Elder Abuse Cases (April 2010) NIJ, NIJ Journal, 2 pages, NCJ 229884.
This article provides an overview of State laws that pertain to elder abuse and identifies the factors that improve or impede the successful prosecution of such cases.

Part Of the NIJ Journal Series Abstract | PDF
 

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Older adults who experience victimization often have a hard time navigating the criminal justice system and getting the help and services they need. Older individuals may be particularly vulnerable to abuse and neglect; domestic or intimate partner violence; property crimes; and financial crimes. Elder abuse, also known as elder mistreatment, generally refers to any knowing, intentional, or negligent act that causes harm or creates a serious risk of harm to an older person by a family member, caregiver, or other person in a trust relationship. Elder abuse may include abuse that is physical, emotional/psychological (including threats), or sexual; neglect (including abandonment); and financial exploitation. This is a general definition; state definitions of elder abuse vary. Some definitions may also include fraud, scams, or financial crimes targeted at older people. 

 

The effects of victimization can be devastating for older victims of crime. The following resources are provided to help bring greater awareness to crimes against elderly individuals. 


Older adults who experience victimization often have a hard time navigating the criminal justice system and getting the help and services they need. Older individuals may be particularly vulnerable to abuse and neglect; domestic or intimate partner violence; property crimes; and financial crimes. Elder abuse, also known as elder mistreatment, generally refers to any knowing, intentional, or negligent act that causes harm or creates a serious risk of harm to an older person by a family member, caregiver, or other person in a trust relationship. Elder abuse may include abuse that is physical, emotional/psychological (including threats), or sexual; neglect (including abandonment); and financial exploitation. This is a general definition; state definitions of elder abuse vary. Some definitions may also include fraud, scams, or financial crimes targeted at older people. 

 

The effects of victimization can be devastating for older victims of crime. The following resources are provided to help bring greater awareness to crimes against elderly individuals. 


Each month the Nation's experts answer your questions about best practices in victim services. Below are upcoming and most recent session discussions in this topic:

On Dec 4 2013 at 2:00PM, Jeannie Beidler, Elder Advocate, and Shelly Jackson, OVC Visiting Fellow, hosted a discussion on Intersections Between Elder Financial Exploitation and Other Types of Abuse

On Sep 27 2013 at 2:00PM, Nancy Alterio, Executive Director of the Massachusetts Disabled Persons Protection Commission, and Mary Counihan, President of the National Adult Protective Services Association, hosted a discussion on Responding to Older Crime Victims with Disabilities

On Feb 15 2012 at 2:00PM, Jenifer Markowitz, Medical Advisor for AEquitas: The Prosecutor’s Resource on Violence Against Women, and Jennifer Gentile Long, Director of AEquitas: The Prosecutors' Resource on Violence Against Women, hosted a discussion on Assisting Older Victims of Intimate Partner Sexual Violence

On Jul 21 2010 at 2:00PM, Betty Malks, board member of the National Adult Protective Services Association, and Angela DeLeon, coordinator of the People’s United Bank Masters Program, hosted a discussion on Serving Older Victims of Financial Abuse

On Nov 4 2009 at 2:00PM, Melissa Riley, manager of the Counseling and Faith-Based Services for Crime Victims in Indian Country Training and Technical Assistance Project for Un, hosted a discussion on Serving Elder Abuse Victims in Indian Country

Older adults who experience victimization often have a hard time navigating the criminal justice system and getting the help and services they need. Older individuals may be particularly vulnerable to abuse and neglect; domestic or intimate partner violence; property crimes; and financial crimes. Elder abuse, also known as elder mistreatment, generally refers to any knowing, intentional, or negligent act that causes harm or creates a serious risk of harm to an older person by a family member, caregiver, or other person in a trust relationship. Elder abuse may include abuse that is physical, emotional/psychological (including threats), or sexual; neglect (including abandonment); and financial exploitation. This is a general definition; state definitions of elder abuse vary. Some definitions may also include fraud, scams, or financial crimes targeted at older people. 

 

The effects of victimization can be devastating for older victims of crime. The following resources are provided to help bring greater awareness to crimes against elderly individuals. 


How can I order the Office for Victims of Crime (OVC) DVD, First Response to Victims of Crime, NCJ 211619?
The First Response to Victims of Crime DVD, NCJ 211619, can be ordered through the Shopping Cart sec... Read More

How can I order the Office for Victims of Crime (OVC) First Response to Victims of Crime Guidebook, NCJ 231171?
The First Response to Victims of Crime: A Guidebook for Law Enforcement Officers, NCJ 231171, which ... Read More

Aside from the police, to whom should elder abuse be reported?
A listing of State elder abuse hotlines is available on the National Center on Elder Abuse Web site.... Read More

How can I order OVC publications and products?
Many OVC publications and products are available in hardcopy and can be ordered from the National Cr... Read More

What is Vision 21?
The Vision 21: Transforming Victim Services initiative was launched by OVC in fall 2010 to expand th... Read More

More FAQs

Older adults who experience victimization often have a hard time navigating the criminal justice system and getting the help and services they need. Older individuals may be particularly vulnerable to abuse and neglect; domestic or intimate partner violence; property crimes; and financial crimes. Elder abuse, also known as elder mistreatment, generally refers to any knowing, intentional, or negligent act that causes harm or creates a serious risk of harm to an older person by a family member, caregiver, or other person in a trust relationship. Elder abuse may include abuse that is physical, emotional/psychological (including threats), or sexual; neglect (including abandonment); and financial exploitation. This is a general definition; state definitions of elder abuse vary. Some definitions may also include fraud, scams, or financial crimes targeted at older people. 

 

The effects of victimization can be devastating for older victims of crime. The following resources are provided to help bring greater awareness to crimes against elderly individuals. 


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Older adults who experience victimization often have a hard time navigating the criminal justice system and getting the help and services they need. Older individuals may be particularly vulnerable to abuse and neglect; domestic or intimate partner violence; property crimes; and financial crimes. Elder abuse, also known as elder mistreatment, generally refers to any knowing, intentional, or negligent act that causes harm or creates a serious risk of harm to an older person by a family member, caregiver, or other person in a trust relationship. Elder abuse may include abuse that is physical, emotional/psychological (including threats), or sexual; neglect (including abandonment); and financial exploitation. This is a general definition; state definitions of elder abuse vary. Some definitions may also include fraud, scams, or financial crimes targeted at older people. 

 

The effects of victimization can be devastating for older victims of crime. The following resources are provided to help bring greater awareness to crimes against elderly individuals. 


Publications

OVC and OVC-Sponsored Publications

Vision 21: Transforming Victim Services Final Report (May 2013) OVC, Report, 63 pages, NCJ 239957. The Vision 21: Transforming Victim Services initiative was launched by OVC in fall 2010 to expand the vision and impact of the crime victim assistance field. This Final Report provides a set of findings and broad recommendations, informed by stakeholder forums and literature reviews, that form a framework for strategic, transformative change. The Final Report outlines ways the field can overcome the obstacles it faces and change how it meets victims' needs and addresses those who perpetrate crime.
Abstract | PDF (Full Report) | PDF (Summary & Recommendations) | PDF (At a Glance Fact Sheet)
 
Nursing Response to Elder Mistreatment Curriculum (2010) OVC-Sponsored, 12 pages, NCJ 234185. Developed by the International Association of Forensic Nurses and funded by OVC, the goal of this course is to help nurses acquire essential knowledge and skills to appropriately respond to elder mistreatment.
Abstract | HTML
 
Responding to Elder Abuse: What Law Enforcement Should Know (DVD) (August 2010) OVC, OVC Videos, 0 pages, NCJ 223413. This 15-minute video (NCJ 223413) is one of a series of three DVDs on elder abuse created for specific audiences. The video describes what law enforcement officers can do when they encounter elder abuse, neglect, or exploitation in residences, nursing homes, or other long-term care facilities. It includes basic information about locating appropriate referral resources for intervention and support for the older abuse victim, following mandatory reporting laws, and working collaboratively with other organizations.
Abstract | HTML (Transcript) | Video (.wmv Video Clip) | Video (.mov Video Clip)
Part Of the OVC Videos Series
 
Responding to Elder Abuse: What Judges and Court Personnel Should Know (DVD) (August 2010) OVC, OVC Videos, 0 pages, NCJ 223415. This 14-minute video (NCJ 223415) is one of a series of three DVDs on elder abuse created for specific audiences. The video highlights critical issues for judges and court personnel to consider when they encounter abused, neglected, and exploited older persons participating in the judicial system. The video illustrates what judges may face in these situations, offers recommendations focused on the special needs of older abuse victims, and highlights examples of successful court-based elder abuse initiatives.
Abstract | HTML (Transcript) | Video (.mov Video Clip) | Video (.wmv Video Clip)
Part Of the OVC Videos Series
 
In Their Own Words: Domestic Abuse in Later Life (August 2010) OVC, OVC Videos, 137 pages, NCJ 227928. This two-DVD package and training guide (NCJ 227928) uses the voices of older victims to facilitate a dialog among a range of professionals about the dynamics of abuse, the barriers these victims have to overcome to live free from abuse, and interventions and potential collaborations that may be effective in such cases. In addition to individual segments with victims, family members, victim service providers, and allied professionals, the DVDs include several topical segments and a montage of victim and advocate voices designed for use by policymakers. It also includes an interactive role play between a parish nurse and an adult daughter caring for her father intended to help professionals recognize justifications for elder mistreatment. A trainer's guide, which accompanies these DVDs, provides background on the victims and discussion questions targeted at a variety of professional audiences.
Abstract | PDF (Trainer's Guide) | HTML (Transcript - Disc 1) | HTML (Transcript - Disc 2) | Video (Disc 1 .wmv Video Clip) | Video (Disc 1 .mov Video Clip) | Video (Disc 2 .wmv Video Clip) | Video (Disc 2 .mov Video Clip)
Part Of the OVC Videos Series
 

OJP Publications

Crimes Against the Elderly, 2003-2013 (November 2014) BJS, Report, BJS Special Reports, NCJ 248339. Presents estimates on property and fatal and nonfatal violent victimization against persons age 65 or older from 2003 to 2013. The report examines patterns of victimization over time and the distribution of violent victimization by the victim-offender relationship, victim's disability status, victim and incident characteristics, reporting to police, injuries sustained during the victimization, and identity theft victimization against the elderly.
Part Of the BJS Special Reports Series
PDF | TEXT
 
Understanding Elder Abuse: New Directions for Developing Theories of Elder Abuse Occurring in Domestic Settings (June 2013) NIJ, Report, NIJ Research in Brief, 40 pages, NCJ 241731. This report discusses findings from two NIJ studies of elder abuse in domestic settings. Compared to other areas of family violence, elder abuse has lagged in theory development and relied more on adapting existing theories from other fields. The authors describe the findings from the two studies in this context, emphasizing the importance of developing new theories of elder abuse and of looking critically at current theories to increase our understanding and guide future research.
Part Of the NIJ Research in Brief Series
Abstract | PDF
 
People with Dementia as Witnesses to Emotional Events (April 2011) NIJ-Sponsored, Grant, 30 pages, NCJ 234132. Elderly person with dementia are often the only witnesses to crimes against them, such as physical or financial elder abuse, yet they are disparaged and discounted as unreliable. Clinical experience with this population indicates that significant emotional experiences may be salient to people with dementia, and that certain behaviors and characteristics enhance their credibility as historians. This is the first systematic research to identify people with dementia with reliable emotional memory and their characteristics.
Abstract | PDF
 
Course of Domestic Abuse among Chicago's Elderly: Risk Factors, Protective Behaviors, and Police Intervention (December 2010) NIJ-Sponsored, Grant, 132 pages, NCJ 232623. This study examines if and how risk factors and protective behaviors affect the course of abuse over time, and the role of the police in intervening with elderly victims of domestic abuse and/or neglect.
Abstract | PDF
 
Prosecuting Elder Abuse Cases (April 2010) NIJ, NIJ Journal, 2 pages, NCJ 229884. This article provides an overview of State laws that pertain to elder abuse and identifies the factors that improve or impede the successful prosecution of such cases.
Part Of the NIJ Journal Series
Abstract | PDF
 

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Related Resources

OVC Funded Resources

Rape, Abuse and Incest National Network (RAINN)
RAINN operates a 24-hour telephone hotline (1-800-656-HOPE) and an Online Hotline for victims of sexual assault. The secure web-based hotline provides a safe, secure, and anonymous place for victims to get help online. RAINN also works to promote education and prevention of sexual assault, compiles and shares links to Legal Resources, including the State Mandatory Regulations regarding children and the elderly.
 

Federal Resources

AgingStats.gov
The Federal Interagency Forum on Aging-Related Statistics (Forum) was initially established in 1986, with the goal of bringing together Federal agencies that share a common interest in improving aging-related data. The Forum has played a key role by critically evaluating existing data resources and limitations, stimulating new database development, encouraging cooperation and data sharing among Federal agencies, and preparing collaborative statistical reports.
 
Department of Health and Human Services (HHS): Eldercare Locator
This nationwide toll-free service (1-800-677-1116) helps older adults and their caregivers find local services for seniors, including home care, transportation, housing alternatives, home repair, recreation, social activities, and legal and other community services. The directory is a service of the U.S. Administration on Aging.
 
National Center on Elder Abuse (NCEA)
NCEA is a resource for public and private agencies, professionals, service providers, and individuals interested in elder abuse prevention information, training, technical assistance, and research.
 
National Criminal Justice Reference Service (NCJRS)
Sponsored by the Office of Justice Programs, NCJRS offers information on victimology and victim assistance, criminal justice, juvenile justice, information to support research, policy, and program development worldwide. NCJRS supplies the victim services field with resources, publications, and program information. The NCJRS library collection includes more than 30,000 resources relevant to the field.
 
NCJRS: Elder Abuse Special Feature
To address the need for resources and strategies related to elder abuse, NCJRS presents this compilation of publications and related materials focusing abuse by caregivers, domestic violence, fraud and financial abuse, along with additional information and resources.
 

Non-Governmental Resources

Elder Abuse Forensic Center
The Elder Abuse Forensic Center brings experts together to better understand, identify and treat elder abuse, determine more efficient ways to successfully prosecute elder abuse cases and support the prevention of elder abuse through greater awareness and education among those professionals who work with older and disabled adults.
 
Foundation Aiding the Elderly (FATE)
FATE serves as a voice for patients and works to bring about national reforms and enforcement of the laws governing the nursing home industry and its regulatory agencies in order to assure proper care, civil rights and meaningful, dignified life for the elderly in long-term care facilities.
 
National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys, Inc.
NAELA provides information, education, networking, and assistance on the many specialized issues involved with legal services to the elderly and disabled.
 
National Adult Protective Services Association (NAPSA)
NAPSA provides state Adult Protective Services program administrators and staff with a forum for sharing information, solving problems, and improving the quality of services for victims of elder and vulnerable adult abuse.
 
National Clearinghouse on Abuse in Later Life (NCALL)
NCALL's mission is to eliminate abuse in later life by challenging beliefs, policies, practices and systems that allow abuse to occur and continue and to improve safety, services and support to victims through advocacy and education.
 

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Web Forum Discussions

Each month the Nation's experts answer your questions about best practices in victim services. Below are upcoming and most recent session discussions in this topic:

On Dec 4 2013 at 2:00PM, Jeannie Beidler, Elder Advocate, and Shelly Jackson, OVC Visiting Fellow, hosted a discussion on Intersections Between Elder Financial Exploitation and Other Types of Abuse

On Sep 27 2013 at 2:00PM, Nancy Alterio, Executive Director of the Massachusetts Disabled Persons Protection Commission, and Mary Counihan, President of the National Adult Protective Services Association, hosted a discussion on Responding to Older Crime Victims with Disabilities

On Feb 15 2012 at 2:00PM, Jenifer Markowitz, Medical Advisor for AEquitas: The Prosecutor’s Resource on Violence Against Women, and Jennifer Gentile Long, Director of AEquitas: The Prosecutors' Resource on Violence Against Women, hosted a discussion on Assisting Older Victims of Intimate Partner Sexual Violence

On Jul 21 2010 at 2:00PM, Betty Malks, board member of the National Adult Protective Services Association, and Angela DeLeon, coordinator of the People’s United Bank Masters Program, hosted a discussion on Serving Older Victims of Financial Abuse

On Nov 4 2009 at 2:00PM, Melissa Riley, manager of the Counseling and Faith-Based Services for Crime Victims in Indian Country Training and Technical Assistance Project for Un, hosted a discussion on Serving Elder Abuse Victims in Indian Country


FAQs

How can I order the Office for Victims of Crime (OVC) DVD, First Response to Victims of Crime, NCJ 211619?
The First Response to Victims of Crime DVD, NCJ 211619, can be ordered through the Shopping Cart sec... Read More

How can I order the Office for Victims of Crime (OVC) First Response to Victims of Crime Guidebook, NCJ 231171?
The First Response to Victims of Crime: A Guidebook for Law Enforcement Officers, NCJ 231171, which ... Read More

Aside from the police, to whom should elder abuse be reported?
A listing of State elder abuse hotlines is available on the National Center on Elder Abuse Web site.... Read More

How can I order OVC publications and products?
Many OVC publications and products are available in hardcopy and can be ordered from the National Cr... Read More

What is Vision 21?
The Vision 21: Transforming Victim Services initiative was launched by OVC in fall 2010 to expand th... Read More

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Funding

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