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Forensic Aspects of Elder Abuse

Carrie Mulford, Social Science Analyst, Violence and Victimization Research Division, Office of Research and Evaluation, National Institute of Justice; Aileen Wiglesworth, Assistant Clinical Professor of Family Medicine, School of Medicine, University of California, Irvine; Solomon Liao, Associate Professor, Department of Medicine and Director of Geriatric Education, School of Medicine, University of California, Irvine; Susan Chasson, Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner Coordinator, Utah Coalition Against Sexual Assault; Family Nurse Practitioner, Merrill Gappmayer Family Medicine Clinic

This NIJ Conference Panel will feature the latest research on forensic aspects of elder abuse detection and prosecution. Panelists will discuss results from a recently completed study that examined the characteristics of pressure sores on elders who received quality care, emphasizing how this research informs the field about the warning signs of potential neglect. Panelists will also present findings from a study on how well elderly individuals with mild or moderate dementia remember emotional events. This study has implications for determining the reliability of abused elders to serve as witnesses to their own abuse. The panel will discuss other effects both studies have on the field as well.

Date Published: June 1, 2010