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

Advocacy

What is advocacy?

Advocacy is the building of relationships between government officials and those they serve. The purpose of advocacy is to advance a certain viewpoint, group of people, or cause by changing or enforcing public policy. Because policy is enacted, interpreted, and enforced at the local, state, and national levels, grassroots advocates work with legislatures, executive branch personnel, governmental agencies, and courts at each of these levels.

The four most common targets for advocacy are:

Advocates are also educators and negotiators. To be effective, they must be able to achieve credibility with policy makers by demonstrating their expertise and eliciting empathy and support for their issue.

What type of advocacy is needed in elder abuse prevention?

Professionals in the field of elder abuse across the country have advocated for statutory reform and needed resources at the local, state, and national levels. The following list provides a sampling of the issues they have addressed:

How can I learn more?

Information on state laws related to elder abuse are available on the website of the National Center on Elder Abuse (you will leave this site).