Past Projects

  • Toward a Better Understanding of Elder Mistreatment in Community Settings

    To add to the literature on the prevalence of elder abuse, the Toward a Better Understanding of Elder Mistreatment in Community Settings undertook interviews with individuals from largely Latino/Hispanic backgrounds, primarily low-income immigrants from Latin America. This project used a Promotores approach to maximize the respondents’ comfort level and increase how candid the respondents would be during the interview, a technique that resulted in considerably larger reported rates of abuse than seen previously. Publications: DeLiema, M., Gassoumis, Z. D., Homeier, D. C., & Wilber, K. H. (2012). Determining prevalence and correlates of elder abuse using promotores: Low income immigrant Latinos report high rates of abuse and neglect. Journal of the...

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  • Los Angeles County Elder Abuse Forensic Center Evaluation

    The Los Angeles County Elder Abuse Forensic Center Evaluation has been undertaken by the USC Leonard Davis School since 2006 and has been supported by several projects. Initial evaluation of the Forensic Center encompassed inquiry into the structure and process of the Center. Downstream, the Evaluating the Elder Abuse Forensic Center Model project added an analysis of three of the Forensic Center’s outcomes, comparing the Forensic Center cases to usual care APS cases on three outcome metrics: prosecution, conservatorship, and reduction of recurrence/recidivism. Most recently, the Evaluating the Cost Effectiveness of the Elder Abuse Forensic Center Model project examined the costs associated with the Forensic Center’s operation and identified the...

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  • Elder Abuse Forensic Telehealth Project

    The Elder Abuse Forensic Telehealth Project is piloting telehealth technology to link geriatricians and geropsychologists with APS professionals in the field. This is expected to improve access to the limited professionals by maximizing efficiency of professional time and bridging geographic barriers. This project is funded thanks to a grant from the UniHealth Foundation....

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Special Thanks to Judith D. Tamkin

We are sincerely appreciative to Judith D. Tamkin for her gift to help establish the USC Center on Elder Mistreatment’s website. Her deep and personal commitment to eradicating elder abuse is helping to reshape our understanding of elder abuse and ultimately save innumerable older adults from abuse and neglect.