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December 01, 2015

Legal Issues Related to Elder Abuse Guides

(The pdf for the issue in which this article appears is available for download: Bifocal, Vol. 37, Issue 2.)


With funding from the Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA), the Commission produced three free publications:

  • A Pocket Guide providing brief explanations of: legal concepts, documents, and tools that may be misused to commit elder abuse or used properly to remedy it; and issues and actions that justice system professionals should consider if they suspect elder abuse has occurred. In total, The Commission printed 23,790 pocket guides. All print guides have been disseminated. The number of entities that received print copies totaled 308 with dissemination to all states and the District of Columbia. A total of 644 individuals have completed the online process for downloading the pocket guide PDF.
  • A Desk Guide providing more information about Pocket Guide topics, as well as additional resources including: tips for communicating with older individuals, the differences between civil and criminal courts, and entities that may be involved with elder abuse victims or perpetrators. As of December 2015, 262 individuals had completed the process for downloading the desk guide PDF.
  • A Desk Guide Template providing a template for state-specific adaptation of the Desk Guide. Eighty-four individuals completed the process for downloading the desk guide replication template as of December 2015.

Where to Go for Further Information

To download PDF versions of the Pocket Guide, Desk Guide, and Desk Guide Template, visit the project's page at