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There is plenty of useful material about elder abuse available 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 you may find useful include:
• 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 Westat of Baltimore. The study’s conclusions are included in the executive summary on the first page.
• www.ncadv.org: The National Coalition Against Domestic Violence in Denver sponsors this site, which is easy to read and use. It includes phone numbers of more than 50 state domestic violence organizations and lists national and international organizations and resources.
There’s also 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.ink.org/public/keln/keln_abuse.html: This site has some good information that explains whether elder abuse is a crime and offers crime prevention tips for seniors. It also has a variety of links to other elder abuse sites.
• www.cyberbeach.e/~seac/eldabuse.htm: This site includes 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, this 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.
• American Academy of Nursing: report on violence and health care, Violence: A Plague In Our Land ($19). Call (800) 637-0323. 600 Maryland Ave. S.W., Suite 100 W, Washington, DC 20024-2571. Phone: (202) 651-7238. Fax: (202) 554-2641.
• American Association of Medical Assis tants: article on elder abuse in Professional Medical Assistant ($3). Call (800) 228-2262. Com mun i cations, 20 N. Wacker Drive, #1575, Chicago, IL 60606-2903. Phone: (312) 899-1500. Fax: (312) 899-1259.
• American Psychological Association: Violence in the Family, a report of its Presidential Task Force on Violence and the Family (first copy free; extra copies are $5 each). 750 First St. N.E., Washington, DC 20002. Phone: (202) 336-6046. Fax: (202) 336-6040.
• Chicago Abused Women’s Coalition Hospi tal Crisis Intervention Project: articles and free screening tool. P.O. Box 477916, Chicago, IL 60647-7916. Phone: (312) 433-2390. Fax: (312) 433-2391.
• Domestic Violence Project: free protocol, The Assessment & Treatment of Victims of Domestic Abuse, with forms for medical documentation. 6308 8th Ave., Keno sha, WI 53143. Phone: (414) 656-8502. Fax: (414) 656-0075.
• Domestic Violence Training Project, Univer sity of Connecticut: A Guide for Health Care Profes sion als (free). Kate Paranteau, 900 State St., New Haven, CT 06511. Phone: (203) 865-3699. Fax: (203) 865-3779.
• Family Violence Prevention Fund, Health Resource Center on Domestic Violence: protocols, packets, posters, bumper stickers ($0-$1 + $5 shipping), Best Pract ices: Innova tive Domestic Violence Programs in Health Care Settings ($5), and Improving the Health Care Response to Domestic Violence: A Guide for Health Care Providers ($75). 383 Rhode Island St., Suite 304, San Francisco, CA 94103. Phone: (888) Rx-ABUSE. Fax: (415) 252-8991. E-mail: fund@ igc.apc.org. Web: www.fvpf.org/fund/.
• National Coalition Against Domestic Vio lence: National Directory of Domestic Violence Programs: A Guide to Com mun ity Shelter, Safe Home and Service Programs ($50 + $7 shipping). P.O. Box 18749, Denver, CO 80218. Phone: (303) 839-1852. Fax: (303) 831-9251. Web: www.ncadv.org.
• New York State Department of Health and Office for the Prevention of Domestic Violence: information packets, Domestic Violence Intervention Guide for Health Care Professionals, a victims’ rights notice, a personalized safety plan, and other materials (first copy free; extra copies $5 each). Domestic Violence Program Specialist, Capitol View Office Park, 52 Washington St., 3rd floor, Rensselaer, NY 12144. Phone: (518) 486-6262. Fax: (518) 486-7675.