Screening for abuse victims among elderly

Elder abuse is a worldwide phenomenon. In a recent study conducted in 28 countries, it was found that almost one in six elderly people, aged 60 years and over, has been a victim of abuse. The global average prevalence rate is 15,7%. In Europe, the rate is 15,4% (Yon, Mikton, Gassoumis, & Wilber, 2017).



  • increase knowledge of screening tools and their suitability in identification of violence against older persons in social and health care services
  • improve capacity of social and health care professionals to identify and intervene and support and refer the cases of violence against older persons to relevant services
  • develop educators’ competences to teach professionals how to deal with violence against older persons and to support and mentor them
  • produce an interactive training program for improving active and innovative learning of social and health care teachers, trainers and professionals in identification and intervention in case of violence against older persons.


  • social and health care professionals working in home care, residential care facilities, health centres and hospitals
  • social and health care teachers and trainers
  • local/regional social and health care decision makers in the community.


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  • Output 1
    Literature review on the number and quality of screening instruments for elder abuse.
  • Output 2
    Training modules on identifying cases of violence against older people.
  • Output 3
    Guidelines: Lessons learnt from the use of elder abuse screening tools.
  • Output 4
    Online training course.