Assessing Recognition of and Response to Cases of Abuse in Later Life

The Virginia Center on Aging received funding from VCU’s Presidential Research Quest Fund for the 2020-2021 fiscal year to conduct their study, Assessing Recognition of and Response to Cases of Abuse in Later Life.

The purpose of this study is to identify current knowledge, attitudes, and practices surrounding cases of elder abuse in the greater Richmond area among law enforcement professionals, healthcare professionals, aging services, domestic violence services, and related service providers. What we learn from this study will contribute to the development of evidence- and needs-based training curricula for professionals who encounter older adults and, possibly, the abuse of older adults.

Participants will take part in one guided discussion with 5 to 10 other people in their field and a facilitator. The discussions last no more than one hour and are conducted via Zoom. The discussions focus on knowledge, attitudes, and practices related to abuse, neglect, and exploitation of older adults. None of the questions ask about a specific entity, policy, or supervisor. 

Participants’ privacy will be protected throughout the entire research study and their responses will be anonymized when results are shared. No individually identifiable information will be released in any form.  

If you have any questions about this study, please contact Dr. Sarah Marrs at or Kim Ivey at