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J Elder Abuse Negl. 2006;18(1):1-18.

"No secrets" and beyond: recent elder abuse policy in England.

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  • 1Rhode Island College, Gerontology Center, 600 Mt. Pleasant Ave, Providence, RI 02908, USA.


This paper provides an overview of English elder abuse policy including guidelines developed for adult protection by their Department of Health in 2000, a report released from the House of Commons Health Committee in 2004 on elder abuse, related policy changes affecting older adults, the mentally incapacitated, and social care regulations, and the launching of public awareness campaigns. In contrast to the U.S., English policy subsumes elder abuse within the larger category of vulnerable adult protection, steers clear of mandatory reporting, emphasizes abuse by formal caregivers rather than domestic violence, relies on a multi-agency approach to investigation and intervention, and supports more remedial, less punitive regulatory oversight.

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