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The NCEA Elder Abuse Listserv

What is the NCEA Listserv?

The NCEA Elder Abuse Listserv is a private listserv for professionals only, and only subscribers can receive, send, and/or retrieve messages to it. The goal of the ElderAbuse listserv is to provide a forum for professionals working in the area of elder mistreatment to share and solicit information to improve prevention and response efforts for elder abuse, neglect, and exploitation.

The ElderAbuse listserv is a project of the National Center on Elder Abuse (NCEA), which is funded by the Administration on Aging at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

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Subscription to the ElderAbuse listserv is restricted to professionals working in elder mistreatment to facilitate a secure environment for free and open discourse. The ElderAbuse listserv is a private listserv, and only subscribers can receive, send, and/or retrieve messages to it. The following professionals are eligible for subscription:

  • Adult protective services practitioners and administrators
  • Aging services providers and administrators
  • Educators
  • Health professionals
  • Judges
  • Lawyers
  • Law enforcement officers
  • Prosecutors
  • Policymakers
  • Researchers.

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Rules of Behavior

The ElderAbuse listserv is a “monitored,” but not a “moderated” forum. Messages submitted to the listserv by a subscriber are posted automatically. However, the listserv manager monitors all postings for inappropriate or disallowed activities. If you have questions about whether something you wish to post is appropriate, feel free to forward your draft message to the listserv manager. AoA and the listserv manager have the authority to unsubscribe any person who is misusing the listserv or is exhibiting inappropriate behavior.

Below are the Basic Rules of Conduct for the ElderAbuse list (items in quotations are from L-Soft international, Inc. February 24, 2006. List Owner's Manual for LISTSERVE®, version 14.5):

  • Because the listserv is sponsored by the federal government, it cannot be used to lobby for or against legislation. Please contact the listserv manager if you are unsure whether a message you wish to post could be considered lobbying.
  • The listserv is not intended to be a source of training; however, questions about available training resources are appropriate for posing to the list.
  • Please be clear and concise in messages, and limit messages to those which can reasonably be considered to add value to the discussion.
  • Please keep in mind that the list is a “closed” list to subscribers only. Be mindful that sensitive information may be contained in messages and that it may not be appropriate to forward messages that contain identifiable information to people not subscribed to the ElderAbuse listserv.
  • In addition, please remember that subscribers do have the ability to forward messages to people beyond the listserv, so exercise caution when sharing personally identifiable information.
  • If someone has sent a private message to you, and not to the entire list, please do not post the private mail to the list.
  • “Discussions will often result in disagreements. Rebuttals to another person's opinions or beliefs should always be made in a rational, logical and mature manner, whether they are made publicly or privately.”
  • “Subscribers should refrain from abusive or derogatory language that might be considered questionable.”
  • Unsolicited advertising and chain letters “are generally contrary to appropriate use policies.”

Please feel free to send feedback and suggestions, as well as questions or concerns, to the listserv manager, Mary Twomey, at

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How To Subscribe

  1. To subscribe to the listserv, please select Feedback on the bottom of this website
  2. Once on the Feedback form, Choose Listserv Subscription from the Category dropdown menu
  3. To be subscribed, please be sure to include your Name, Title, and Email address
  4. Important! Because membership to the Listserv is restricted, you must provide the following information in the Question/Comments section:
    • Your profession
    • Employer's organizational name
    • City and State
    • A statement of your interest or expertise in elder abuse or adult protective services

Your information will be transmitted to the listserv manager for review. If information is missing, the listserv manager will need to contact you, which will delay your subscription. Upon approval of your request, the listserv manager will add you to the listserv and you will receive a “Welcome” message indicating you have been added to the listserv.

Please allow 5 business days for your information to be reviewed and added to the listserv. If you have not received an update on the status of your request to join the listserv within 5 business days, please contact the listserv manager, Mary Twomey at

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