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If you would like to learn more about elder abuse, there is plenty of material on-line. You can find out everything from the racial background of elder abuse victims to the name, address, and phone number of the organization that fights domestic violence in your state. Web sites addressing this topic, as well as other topics featured in Homecare Education Management newsletter, are listed below:
• www.aoa.dhhs.gov/abuse/report/default.htm: This site contains a 28-page report that details results from the National Elder Abuse Incidence Study. The study was conducted by the National Center on Elder Abuse at the American Public Human Services Association in Washington, DC, and by Westat of Baltimore, MD. The study’s conclusions are included in the executive summary on the first page. Best feature: The site shows statistical graphics and pie charts that easily explain its key findings about elder abuse.
• www.ncadv.org: The National Coalition Against Domestic Violence of Denver sponsors this site, which is easy to read and use. It includes telephone numbers of more than 50 state domestic violence organizations. It lists national and international organizations and resources. There’s a section that could be used as a patient teaching guide that tells abused people how to get help and how to plan for their safety. It also includes links to other resources.
• www.staffbuildersintl.com: Staff Builders of Lake Success, NY, has a colorful site that promotes the large home care provider’s services, employment possibilities, and mission. There also are some useful resources on the site, including a page with patient home safety tips.
• www.ink.org/public/keln/keln_abuse.html: This site has some good information that explains whether elder abuse is a crime, and it offers crime prevention tips for seniors. It also has a variety of links to other elder abuse sites.
• www.cyberbeach.e/~seac/eldabuse.htm: You will find this site easy to read, with clear one- or two-page printouts you can download. It includes a page with case studies of elder abuse, a page that lists causes of elder abuse, and a page giving action plans for preventing elder abuse.
• www.mincava.umn.edu/: Sponsored by the Minnesota Center Against Violence and Abuse, the site has a variety of information, including papers and reports on abuse and a complete file called "Domestic Violence Legislation Affecting Police and Prosecutor Responsibilities: A 50 State Review," from the Institute for Law and Justice. It is available to read on-line or to download.
• www.oaktrees.org/elder/links.shtml: This site serves as a link to more than 30 sites with domestic violence and elder abuse information. One listing is titled, "Elder Abuse Prevention: Infor mation and Resource Guide."