Elder Abuse pp 45-65 | Cite as

Global Prevalence of Elder Abuse in the Community

  • Joah L. Williams
  • Margaret Davis
  • Ron AciernoEmail author


Evidence suggests that abuse and mistreatment of community-residing older adults is commonplace around the world, although estimates vary wildly across regions, cultures, and sociopolitical situations. The purpose of this chapter is to highlight efforts across the globe to explore the prevalence of elder abuse. In particular, we focus on recent work from the United States and Canada, Europe, Israel, and Asia and the Western Pacific. This chapter also addresses methodological issues in assessing elder abuse that may contribute to different prevalence estimates across studies and regions, and underscores the importance of establishing expert consensus guidelines in defining specific acts of abuse to allow for greater comparison of findings across studies.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Joah L. Williams
    • 1
  • Margaret Davis
    • 2
  • Ron Acierno
    • 3
    • 4
    Email author
  1. 1.Department of PsychologyUniversity of Missouri—Kansas CityKansas CityUSA
  2. 2.Department of PsychiatryVA Ann Arbor Health Care System/University of MichiganAnn ArborUSA
  3. 3.College of NursingMedical University of South CarolinaCharlestonUSA
  4. 4.Ralph H. Johnson Veterans Affairs Medical CenterCharlestonUSA

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