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“You Only Pray that Somebody Would Step In”: Mapping the Gaps Between Expert and Public Understandings of Elder Abuse in America

Elder abuse is a topic that most people would rather not think about, but they carry assumptions nonetheless. This study maps public thinking on elder justice.
January 6, 2016

This report draws on in-depth individual interviews to find patterns in public thinking about elder abuse – and how they compare to the views of elder justice advocates and experts. Through this analysis, we find that the public struggles to see elder abuse as a societal problem that can and must be solved through collective action and public policy. The report concludes with initial recommendations for addressing this and other communication challenges.