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  • State Historical Elder Abuse Data

    EM Historical Abuse Data Listed by State

    State historical elder abuse data was sought from each state adult/elder protective services administrator. Data received was provided in a format established by each state. No standardized language is used across states. Each state's profile has a category for report, investigations, and substantiations of abuse, type of abuse, source of complaint, characteristics of victim, alleged abuser's relationship to the elder person, alleged abuser's demographic characteristics, victim's living status/arrangement, and the victim's living site. If a cell is blank in the Excel form, the information was not available.

    Some states provided data for all adults 18 years and older. In those cases, only persons 60 years and older were included in the state data.

    Some states' provided data for victims who reside in institutional settings. In those cases, only persons living in the domestic setting were included in the state data.

    Some states data is provided by fiscal year. The year data reported was the first year of the fiscal year. For example, if the fiscal year was 1996-1997, then in these reports, it was recorded as 1996.

    Numerous terms were used for type of abuse, source of complaint, characteristics of victim, alleged abuser's relationship to the elder person, alleged abuser's demographic characteristics, victim's living status/arrangement, and the victim's living site. Terms, such as medical neglect, caregiver neglect, battery-verbal, battery-rape, exploitation-sexual, passive neglect, malnutrition, or cruel punishment, were collapsed for presentation using the following types of abuse: abandonment, confinement, emotional abuse, exploitation, general abuse, isolation, neglect, other, physical abuse, self-neglect, and sexual abuse.

    If you have questions about the rationale for data categorization, please contact Jeanette Daly at jeanette-daly@uiowa.edu. 

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