NCPEA - National Committee for the Prevention of Elder Abuse
Elder Care

National Organizations

American Association of Retired Persons (AARP)

The American Association of Retired Persons is the nation's leading organization for people over the age of 50. Several of its divisions have services or special programs related to elder abuse. These include the Fraud Fighters Program Kit, Abused Elders or Older Battered Women? Report on the AARP Forum, and Survey of Services for Older Battered. AARP also assists communities interested in setting up money management and volunteer guardianship programs.

AARP 601 E Street, N.W. 
Washington, DC 20049  
Telephone: (202) 434-AARP  

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American Prosecutors Research Institute

The American Prosecutors Research Institute was established in 1984 by the Board of Directors of the National District Attorneys Association to provide practical and direct services to prosecutors and allied professionals. The staff of APRI includes experienced prosecutors who can provide information concerning the prosecution of cases involving elderly victims and refer callers to local prosecutors with expertise in elder abuse.

APRI Crimes Against the Family Division 
99 Canal Center Plaza, Suite 510  
Alexander, VA 22314  
Telephone: (703) 549-4253  
Fax: (703) 836-3195  

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Clearinghouse on Abuse and Neglect of the Elderly (CANE)

The Clearinghouse on Abuse and Neglect of the Elderly (CANE), operated by the College of Human Resources of the University of Delaware operates the Clearinghouse on Abuse and Neglect of the Elderly (CANE), is the nation's largest and most utilized computerized collection of elder abuse materials and resources. Using over 100 keywords, it produces annotated bibliographies for professionals and the public. Computerized searches of over 3,000 holdings are conducted for $5.00-$10.00 per search, which includes handling and postage charges. Searches are usually conducted within 48 hours after receiving requests.

Karen Stein, Ph.D., Director  
College of Human Resources 
University of Delaware  
Newark, DE 19716  
Telephone: (302) 831-3525  
Fax: (302) 831-6081  

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Commission on Legal Problems of the Elderly/American Bar Association

The Commission on Legal Problems of the Elderly, operates NCEA's listserve, which provides a 24-hour, 7-days-a-week on-line connection to others working on elder abuse issues. Subscribers send email questions, announcements, or discussion topics to the listserve; their message are automatically distributed by email to all others on the subscribers list. Anyone can reply and every subscriber sees all the messages (unless they choose to email privately.) This listserve is for practitioners, administrators, educators, health professionals, researchers, law enforcement, advocates, the legal professions and policy makers. It's easy to subscribe by contacting the list manager by email: Subscription requests must include each potential subscriber's name, e-mail address, profession, and a statement explaining their interest in elder abuse issues. The Commission also monitors and examines state laws on elder abuse and has produced the following publications:

Elder Abuse in the State Courts: Three Curricula for Judges and Court Staff (1997). Contains three interdisciplinary curricula, a Conferees' Manual and bibliography, templates for overhead transparencies, sample hypotheticals and evaluation questionnaires, and resource information for use in training judges and court staff about elder abuse and domestic violence in later life. A very limited number of free copies are available from the Commission for distribution to persons/organizations that will use the curricula for the purpose for which it was intended. To request a copy of the curricula manual, contact the Commission to provide an explanation of why you would like to receive the book.

Recommended Guidelines for State Courts Handling Cases Involving Elder Abuse (1996, 164 pp). Provides 29 recommendations drawn from experts in the field. Also includes over 100 pages of charts describing states' statutes related to protective services, institutional abuse, long-term care ombudsman programs, and criminal abuse.

For more information or to order materials, contact: 
The American Bar Association Commission on Legal Problems of the Elderly 
1800 M Street, N.W.  
Washington D.C. 20036-5886  
Phone: (202) 331-2297  
Fax: (202) 331-2220  

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Goldman Institute on Aging/ San Francisco Consortium for Elder Abuse Prevention (partner in the National Center on Elder Abuse)

The San Francisco Consortium is a coalition of agencies that have formally agreed to work together to improve San Francisco's professional response to abuse. In addition, the Consortium is a resource to communities across the United States, providing training, consultation, technical assistance, and materials. The GIOA has produced the following publications:

Victims' Rights and Services: Assisting Elderly Crime Victims (1999, 29 pp) $15.00. As more cases of elder abuse are prosecuted, it is critical for advocates and service providers who work with the elderly to understand victims' rights and special needs. This manual is intended to increase service providers' understanding of how crime affects victims' emotional and service needs.

Prosecution and Protection: Understanding the Criminal Justice System's Role in Preventing Elder Abuse (1998, 26 pp) $15.00. This manual is designed to demystify the criminal justice system for health and social service professionals who work with the elderly and to encourage them to participate more fully in the criminal justice process.

Communities Uniting: Volunteers in Elder Abuse Prevention (1997, 24 pp) $15.00. This manual describes some of the contributions volunteers are currently making in the field of elder abuse prevention, recommends issues to consider in determining the need for volunteers, presents the fundamentals of volunteer management, describes available resources, and offers sample materials and tips from existing programs.

Domestic Violence and the Elderly: a Cross Training Curriculum in Elder Abuse and Domestic Violence. (1998). $15.00 This is a training curriculum for service providers in both aging and domestic violence to train them on issues around older battered women. It includes basic information on domestic violence, sexual assault, elder abuse, and aging. While this curriculum was developed for the San Francisco community, it can be easily adapted for other communities.

Serving the Older Battered Woman: A Conference Planning Guide (1997, 59 pp + appendices). $28.00. This guide to planning and conducting a conference for community professionals from the fields of aging, domestic violence, law enforcement, health care, and legal services provides instruction in:

Financial Abuse of the Elderly (1996, 28 pp). $15.00. Of all forms of elder abuse, financial exploitation may be the most difficult to grasp because the problem itself is poorly defined. Evaluating whether or not financial abuse has occurred often involves complex and subjective determinations. This manual provides an overview of the problem, describes the challenges it poses, and profiles promising intervention strategies.

Older Battered Women: Integrating Aging and Domestic Violence Services (1996, 28 pp). $15.00. For many years elderly battered women have fallen between the cracks of the elder abuse and domestic violence systems. This manual, intended for domestic violence advocates and service providers who work with the elderly, takes a step toward rectifying the situation by describing the service needs of the older battered woman and profiling innovative programs around the country. It also provides a general introduction to domestic violence.

Building Partnerships: A Guide to Developing Coalitions, Interagency Agreements and Teams in the Field of Elder Abuse (1995, 24 pp) $15.00. This guide provides practical advice in how to promote partnerships among those who share a common interest in protecting the health, safety, property, and civil liberties of the elderly.

To Reach Beyond Our Grasp: A Community Outreach Guide for Professionals in the Field of Elder Abuse (1995, 20 pp). $15.00. This manual looks at culture, tradition, values, and language to understand the mistreatment of elders in a broader and increasingly diverse community.

For more information, or to order materials, contact:  
The San Francisco Consortium for Elder Abuse Prevention  
Institute on Aging  
2700 Geary Boulevard San Francisco, CA 94118  
(415) 447-1989, X513 

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National Adult Protective Services Administrators (NAAPSA)

The National Adult Protective Services Administrators (NAPSA) is a membership organization established in the mid-1980s. Its mission is to improve the quality and availability of services for disabled and at-risk adults and elderly persons who are abused, neglected, or exploited, and other vulnerable adults who are unable to protect their own interests. This is accomplished through advocacy at the national level and by assisting state and local administrators secure technical assistance, develop resources, and educate the public and legislative bodies about the needs of dependent adults. Membership is available to APS administrators at the state and local level and their staff; administrators of public agencies and organizations that exhibits an interest in APS and the objectives of NAPSA; and agencies involved in the provision of APS or interested in the objectives of NAPSA.Membership benefits include a newsletter, membership directory, and an annual conference.

NAPSA has produced the following publications:

A National Study of Self-Neglecting Adult Protective Services Clients.(1991, 30 pp). National Association of Adult Protective Service Administrators. Includes information collected from 30 states, profiles self-neglecting clients referred to APS, and includes a discussion implications.

Adult Protective Services Compilation of Workload Studies and Caseload Data (1997, 9 pp). National Association of Adult Protective Service Administrators. Data from 26 APS programs. Provides recommended caseloads, current average caseloads, and average length of time APS cases are open, as well as a list of state contacts.

Report by the Adult Services Task Force on the Perspective of the States on a Federal Adult Protective Services Statute (1995, 143 pp). National Association of Adult Protective Service Administrators. Includes APS eligibility issues, services to be included in a model federal APS statute, service access and reporting issues, service delivery and coordination issues, funding and administration, and survey respondents. Forty-seven states and the District of Columbia participated in the survey.

A National Study of Involuntary Protective Services to Adult Protective Services Clients (1993, 42 pp):This study presents information derived from 42 states on providing protective services without the consent of the client. The survey found that although most states have the ability to provide involuntary services, over 90% of APS clients consent to services.

For more information or to purchase materials, contact:  
National Adult Protective Services Association (NAPSA) 
Joanne Otto, Executive Director 
1900 13th Street 
Suite 303 
Boulder, CO 80302 
Phone: (720) 565-0906 
Fax: (720) 565-0438 

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National Association of Bunco Investigators (NABI)

The National Association of Bunco Investigators, Inc. is a non-profit organization of law enforcement and associated professionals dedicated to the investigation and apprehension of con artists and transient criminals. Members have developed extensive knowledge in the investigation of Bunco crimes, which include pigeon drops, bank examiner schemes, sweetheart scams, etc. NABI facilitates the continuous exchange of information by publishing a bulletin, which provides up to date information on criminals. It also provides a forum for the dissemination of information on suspects wanted by law enforcement agencies around the country. To date, the information disseminated through NABI has helped in the identification of over 2,000 criminal suspects.

For more information, contact:  
P.O. Box 287  
Maryland Line, MD 21105

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National Association of State Units on Aging

NASUA serves as lead agency in the National Center on Elder Abuse (see produces and disseminates information on domestic and institutional elder abuse, publishes a monthly newsletter, and operates a website, which includes basic information, a publications list, frequently asked questions, and linkages to NCEA partners and other organizations involved in elder abuse prevention. NASUA has produced the following materials:

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National Center for Victims of Crime

The National Center for Victims of Crime is resource and advocacy center for victims of crime. Among the issues the center has advocated for is greater attention to victims of financial crime and abuse. The Center's affiliate Bar Association provides referrals to attorneys with expertise in representing crime victims. They also provide training and assistance to lawyers including access to a computerized database of over 11,000 civil appellate cases and court decisions concerning crime victims, a network of expert witnesses and consultants, and two publications--Crime Liability Monthly and the Victim Advocate.

For more information, contact: 
National Center for Victims of Crime  
2111 Wilson Blvd. Suite 300  
Arlington, VA 22201  
Phone: (703) 276-2880  
Fax: (703) 276-2889  

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National Center on Elder Abuse (NCEA)

The National Center on Elder Abuse was established in 1993 to provide information, data, and expertise to federal, state and local agencies, professionals, and the public. It is operated as a partnership between six organizations, with the National Association of State Units on Aging (NASUA) serving as the lead agency. Other partners in NCEA include the National Committee for the Prevention of Elder Abuse (NCPEA); the Clearinghouse on Abuse and Neglect of the Elderly (CANE), operated by the College of Human Resources of the University of Delaware; the San Francisco Consortium for Elder Abuse Prevention at the Goldman Institute on Aging; the National Association of Adult Protective Service Administrators; and the Commission on Legal Problems of the Elderly of the American Bar Association. See sections on individual partners for more information.

National Center on Elder Abuse  
1225 I Street, N.W., Suite 725  
Washington, D.C. 20005  
Telephone: (202) 898-2578  

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The National Clearinghouse on Domestic Violence in Later Life

Operated by the Wisconsin Coalition Against Domestic Violence, this resource center provides materials and technical assistance on domestic violence in later life. Among the publications they produce, are the following:

Elder Abuse (including domestic violence in later life): Potential Legal Remedies. This booklet provides information about potential criminal justice and civil actions to assist victims of elder abuse and the professionals that work with them.

Elder Abuse, Neglect, and Family Violence: A Guide for Health Care Professionals. Provides general information about elder abuse, a flow chart to respond to suspected abuse, and specific tips on what health care providers can do. It lists common signs and symptoms, answers commonly asked questions, and identifies interventions.

Safety Planning for Victims of Domestic Abuse. A brochure for domestic abuse victims of any age who may be abused by or afraid of their spouse/partner; boy/girlfriend; adult child or other family member. It provides instruction in planning for safety in advance of potentially dangerous situations.

Financial Safety Planning for Older Women. This publication addresses the financial obstacles that prevent battered older women from leaving abusive relationships and how to overcome those obstacles.

Developing Services for Older Abuse Women A Guide for Domestic Abuse Programs (1997). This publication, intended for domestic violence advocates, describes the special service needs of battered older women.

For more information and instructions in how to order publications, contact: 
The Wisconsin Coalition Against Domestic Violence  
307 South Paterson, Suite #1  
Madison, WI 53703  
Email: (Subject line: NCALL)

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National Organization of Triads, Inc (NATI)

National Association of Triads, Inc. (NATI) provides advice, support, technical assistance, and training to local Triads. Created in 1988 as a partnership between the American Association of Retired Persons (AARP), the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP), and the National Sheriffs' Association (NSA), Triad is a network of local programs that promote collaboration between senior volunteers and law enforcement. At present, approximately 730 counties have Triads. Local Triads are overseen by Salt (Senior and Law Enforcement Together) councils, which plan activities and programs to address local needs. NATI hosts training events and a national conference, manages a speaker's bureau, and produces a quarterly newsletter. It distributes guidebooks, information packets, and an informational video on how to get started.

For more information, contact:  
1450 Duke Street  
Alexandria, VA 22314  
Phone: 800-424-7827  
Fax: 703-519-8567  

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National Long Term Care Ombudsman Resource Center

The National Long Term Care Ombudsman Resource Center supports the development and operation of long-term care ombudsman programs across the country through technical assistance, consultation, and information dissemination. It also facilitates communication about timely issues, program needs, and resources among state ombudsman programs and assists states in promoting public awareness about ombudsman programs.

National Long Term Care Ombudsman Resource Center  
c/o National Citizen's Coalition for Nursing Home Reform  
1424 16th Street NW, Suite 202  
Washington, DC 20036  
Telephone: (202) 332-2275  
Fax: (202) 332-2949