Answers in Aging
and Abuse

USC’s Center for Elder Justice brings together the wide-range of solutions, research, expertise, and projects aimed to bring awareness to elder mistreatment and abuse.



See what experts, researchers, and partners across all schools and departments of the university are doing to eradicate elder abuse.


The Interview for Decisional Abilities (IDA 3.0-CA)

Adult Protective Service (APS) workers assess older adult clients for abuse and neglect and are asked to determine the client’s understanding of the risks they face so they can develop an intervention plan together.

Financial exploitation

Finance, Cognition, and Health in Elders Study (FINCHES)

The Finance, Cognition, and Health in Elders Study (FINCHES) aims to identify factors associated with financial exploitation and well-being among cognitively-intact older adults.

Physical Abuse

Geriatric-Injury Documentation Tool (Geri-IDT)

Standardization in tools and documentation of child abuse and intimate partner violence have proven helpful in completely documenting injuries and suspected abuse among these populations. Similar tools do not yet exist for older adults and elder abuse.

Get Involved

It’s up to all of us to prevent and address elder abuse. Students, academic departments, policy makers, and advocates are encouraged to join us in taking a stand. Learn more about opportunities to participate in research and education to address elder mistreatment.


Judith D. Tamkin’s dedication to philanthropy is what keeps the Center for Elder Justice alive. Her contributions have allowed the Center to continue to make significant impacts on disseminating research findings, improving policy, and inspiring young researchers to face elder abuse head-on.

Upcoming Event

Reframing Elder Abuse in Long-Term Care: Session 2 of Reframing Long-Term Care Lunch and Learn Series

Decenber 13, 2022 12 – 13:00 PM PT/ 03:00 – 04:00 PM ET


The NCEA is charged with improving the national response to elder abuse and has worked with the FrameWorks Institute on reframing this social justice issue.  The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine (NASEM) recently released a report with recommendations for how we finance, deliver, and regulate nursing home care. As these much-needed conversations around nursing homes get more attention, it’s important to frame the issue in productive, forward-looking ways. Now the NCEA implements the lessons learned in the NASEM report to improve nursing home quality and translates it into day-to-day use.  Come learn about the process of applying these techniques to public-facing materials that your organization can utilize.  Julie Schoen, NCEA Emeritus and EAGLE Project Director will walk you through how the NCEA has begun to translate our own materials dealing with elder abuse in long-term care.

Access materials from the previous session

Key Partners

Collaboration and partnership with core departments at the University of Southern California is what allows us to continue to grow and expand our research.