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Screening for intimate partner violence and abuse of elderly and vulnerable adults: Consumer fact sheet


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  • Website: U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF)
  • Resource type: Fact sheet

Summary - The message of this resource is:

Elder abuse can be financial, physical, sexual, psychological harm done to an older adult, or neglect or abandonment. There is not enough evidence to determine if screening all older adults for abuse and neglect can successfully identify elder abuse or help prevent it.


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violence, elder maltreatment, IPV, intimate partner violence

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Rated on: 6/1/2015 1:52:53 PM

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