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July 31, 2007


The Source of Information and Assistance on Elder Abuse

Statistics, Research & Resources

The field of elder abuse research is still relatively young. While there has been some progress in understanding, there is still much to learn.

The National Center on Elder Abuse is the major source of available statistics on elder abuse, neglect, and exploitation in the United States. It collects and analyzes national data on cases referred to and investigated by adult protective services, and serves as a resource to investigators worldwide.

NCEA partners have had a role in such major research undertakings as, National Elder Abuse Incidence Study (1996), Elder Mistreatment: Abuse, Neglect, and Exploitation in an Aging America, National Research Council Panel to Review Risk and Prevalence of Elder Abuse and Neglect (2003), and Violence in Families: Assessing Prevention and Treatment Programs, National Research Council and Institute of Medicine, (1998).

NCEA funds the Clearinghouse on Abuse and Neglect of the Elderly at the University of Delaware to provide extensive access to the published literature relating to elder abuse. The CANE archive includes references and abstracts to over 3,000 journal articles, scholarly papers, and other data sources.

This page provides links to studies and surveys commissioned by the Center, and other data sources.

Statistics: State and National Data

See also Surveys, Reports, and Testimony; Research Briefs and Agendas; Clearinghouse on Abuse and Neglect of the Elderly

National Statistics

  • "The Availability and Utility of Interdisciplinary Data on Elder Abuse: A White Paper for the National Center on Elder Abuse"
    April 27, 2006
    There is wide consensus that currently a clear picture of the incidence and prevalence of elder abuse in the United States is sadly lacking—and that such a picture “is essential if social policy is to be created to impact prevention and treatment.” For informational purposes, 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.
  • NCEA Releases New Study on Abuse of Adults Age 60+
    February 14, 2006
    The 2004 Survey of Adult Protective Services, the most rigorous national study of state-level APS data conducted to date, offers important new insights into the troubling elder abuse problem. The National Center on Elder Abuse will hold a briefing Friday, February 17 at 9:30 a.m. in room 430 of the Senate Dirksen Office Building on Capitol Hill to discuss the survey's findings.
    Read the full study.
    Read the study summary
  • 2000 State Adult Protective Services Survey Results Over the past two decades, the National Center on Elder Abuse (NCEA) has commissioned several studies to provide some quantification of the prevalence of elder abuse in the United States. The 2000 Survey of State Adult Protective Services collected data on both the elderly and younger adults with disabilities, although previous NCEA studies have examined abuse of older adults only. The 2000 Survey stands out from previous NCEA studies in its inclusion of younger, vulnerable adults.
  • National Elder Abuse Incidence Study (Seminal study confirms what elder abuse experts have long believed: reported elder abuse cases are only the "tip of the iceberg." Full download available)
  • LTC Ombudsman Reports & National, State Data
  • Medicaid Fraud Control Units (MFCU) Annual Reports (HHS Office of the Inspector General 1997-2001, PDF)

Quick Data /Statistics at a Glance

State and Regional Statistics Sources Online

Surveys, Reports, and Testimony

See also Research Briefs and Agendas; Statistics: State and National Data; Clearinghouse on Abuse and Neglect of the Elderly




Research Briefs and Agendas

See also Statistics: State and National Data; Surveys, Reports, and Testimony; Clearinghouse on Abuse and Neglect of the Elderly

Research Syntheses

National Center on Elder Abuse
1201 15th Street, N.W., Suite 350 · Washington, DC 20005-2842
(202) 898-2586 · Fax: (202) 898-2583 · Email: [email protected]