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Under the Radar: New York State Elder Abuse Prevalence Study

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Date Published
May 2011
142 pages
This study examined elder abuse in New York State.
This study estimates the prevalence and incidence of various forms of elder abuse in a large, representative, statewide sample of older New Yorkers over 60 years of age through direct interviews; estimates the number of elder abuse cases coming to the attention of all agencies and programs responsible for serving elder abuse victims in New York State in a one-year period; and estimates the rate of elder abuse underreported in New York State. Findings show that an overall prevalence rate of 141.2 per 1,000 and an incidence rate of 76 per 1,000 among older adult respondents across all sectors of the State; that a total of 11,432 cases were identified among all the service systems charged with serving elder abuse victims; and that an elder abuse incidence rate was nearly 24 times greater than the number of cases referred to social service, law enforcement, or legal authorities who have the capacity as well as the responsibility to assist older adult victims. Data were collected from over 4,100 subjects interviewed and 325 service organizations who responded to the survey. Tables, figures, and appendixes