There is currently no federal fund for detecting, preventing or collecting information about elder abuse, one of the fastest-growing crimes in the country, according to recent studies.
But help may be on the way soon.
The Elder Justice Act, part of the national health care reform bill that passed in March, would establish a national office for elder abuse and provide federal money for research.
But a key section of the bill, called the Elder Abuse Victims Act, is still waiting for congressional action. It would provide federal funding to help train and establish elder abuse units in law enforcement. Child abuse and domestic violence currently have federal funding.