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WHATA center dedicated to educating and collaborating with professionals who deal with elder abuse including: law enforcement, the medical community, social services, the legal community, government officials, investigative agencies, academic institutions, and older adults and their families.
WHYTo lead to more effective elder abuse prevention and prosecution. To prevent and combat the abuse, neglect, and exploitation of at-risk older and disabled adults in collaboration with professionals in the legal field, medical field, social services and other agencies.
WHEREElder Abuse Forensic Center. Center for Elder Abuse and Neglect.
University of California
Irvine College of Medicine.
Funding by Archstone Foundation.
Santa Ana, CA, USA.

Program Description

"Launched in May 2003, the Elder Abuse Forensic Center has changed the way elder abuse cases are investigated through an unprecedented collaborative process."

"The world’s first Elder Abuse Forensic Center... is staffed by professionals from legal, medical, social services, and law enforcement agencies who conduct case reviews, in-home medical and mental status, and evidentiary investigation.
The collaboration brings these 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."


The Forensic Center is staffed by professionals in the legal, medical, social services and law enforcement fields who work together to reviews cases, check in-home medical and mental health status, tape elder abuse victim interviews, review evidence such as photographs, educate and train, consult and conduct elder abuse research. The center is the first of its kind and has been used as a model for others.

The Center of Excellence on Elder Abuse & Neglect is a leader in the area of Elder Abuse research and is able to provide valuable information to direct service providers in the field such as social workers and law enforcement.

Additional programs at the Center for Elder Abuse and Neglect include:

The Financial Abuse Specialist Team - professionals who volunteer to advise Adult Protective Services, the Ombudsmen, law enforcement and attorneys on financial elder abuse. The team works to fight against senior scams, investment scams, id theft, telemarketing and more.

Elder Death Review Team - identifies patterns in suspicious elder deaths by researching other cases.

Elder Abuse Prevention Coalition – provides elder abuse prevention training programs for community service providers, law enforcement, the legal community, and academic institutions. The center will train professionals such as Geriatric Medicine & Gerontology Students, Nursing Students, Pharmacists, Home Health Aides, Certified Nursing Assistants, State Judicial Educators along with others.

Other elder abuse services include:

-Multi-agency team case review and action plans
-In-home medical and mental status evaluations
-In-home evidentiary investigation
-Education and training

UC Irvine's Center of Excellence on Elder Abuse and Neglect is part of the School of Medicine’s Division of Geriatric Medicine and Gerontology and is committed to stopping the abuse of the elderly.

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