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Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: An Overview of Elder Abuse Prevention Initiatives

  • Jeffrey E. HallEmail author


Elder Abuse (EA) is a threat to population health that is addressable using public health approaches and expertise. This chapter presents a rationale for why elder abuse is considered a public health problem from the perspective of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and provides an overview of how this federal public health focused agency has acted to advance surveillance, practices, and policy relating to elder abuse. The overview is provided using a narrative approach to first outline CDC’s history of work in preventing injury and violence and establish how its accomplishments created demands and space for the application of public health approaches to the prevention of elder abuse. The narrative approach is then used to describe past and presently active CDC initiatives implemented to assist the field focused on EA in obtaining data that may allow elder abuse to be identified, measured, monitored and documented over time. The chapter concludes with summary statements and a brief glimpse of possible next steps that could be taken by the CDC in light of recommendations in the comprehensive agenda that has guided the agency’s work on elder abuse for over a decade.


Elder abuse Violence prevention Public health Primary prevention Definitions Measurement Public health surveillance 



The findings and conclusions in this report are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily represent the official position of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention/the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Division of Violence PreventionCenters for Disease Control and PreventionAtlantaUSA

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