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World Elder Abuse Awareness Day (WEAAD)




World Elder Abuse Awareness Day (WEAAD) is recognized annually on or around the 15th of June. Since its inception in 2006, communities throughout the country and around the world have used this day to raise the visibility of elder abuse by sharing information about abuse, neglect, and exploitation in later life and promoting the resources and services that work to increase victim safety and improve offender accountability.


  • May 11 — Webinar: Getting the Word Out: Creating Compelling Communications for World Elder Abuse Awareness Day 1:30 pm EDT (2 hours)
    This webinar will cover the latest research on discussing elder abuse, tips for working with reporters and the media, and social media best practices. Presenters include: Ann Mosher, Public Affairs Office, Office of External Affairs, Administration for Community Living; Andrew Volmert, PhD., Director of Research, FrameWorks Institute; and Ana Poblet-Kouttjie, MPH, Project Coordinator, National Center on Elder Abuse, University of Southern California.  Registration is not required.  Join the meeting.
  • May 31June 15  16 for 2016: This year, NYC Elder Abuse Center (NYCEAC) will be conducting a World Elder Abuse Awareness Day campaign called 16 for 2016. For the 16 days leading up to WEAAD 2016, NYCEAC will be sharing a resource for elder justice professionals.  Follow the hashtag #16for2016 to see them all, or check their Facebook page daily!


  • Host a public awareness event geared toward seniors.
  • Send out a press release, hold a press conference, or submit an editorial to discuss elder abuse awareness and prevention efforts.
  • Host a conference or training focused on elder abuse awareness and available community resources.
  • Develop a PSA on elder abuse with a local TV or radio station. 
  • Educate yourself and others about elder abuse. The National Center on Elder Abuse and the Administration for Community Living have created outreach materials to help spread the word about elder abuse. 
  • Be a guest speaker on elder abuse for a local radio show.
  • Use graphics on your website, blog, or in your email signature block to draw awareness to elder abuse and prevention efforts. 
  • Host a public awareness activity that includes politicians, seniors, local programs, survivors of abuse, and others.
  • Ask local leaders, e.g., Mayor, County Executive, and Governor, to release a proclamation declaring June 15 as Elder Abuse Awareness Day.
  • Create a poster on elder abuse or use a poster created by International Network for the Prevention of Elder Abuse (INPEA) or NCALL to display in your community.


  • Administration for Community Living 
     As in past years, the Administration for Community Living (ACL), encourages individuals and organizations across our nation, states, and local communities to take a stand and to raise public awareness about elder abuse. As part of World Elder Abuse Awareness Day, ACL is pleased to provide information, tools, and resources to support efforts to shed light on the importance of preventing, identifying, and responding to this serious, often hidden public health problem. Remember, it only takes one individual, one action, to make a difference.
  • National Center on Elder Abuse (NCEA)
    AoA’s NCEA website contains many resources to help you find assistance, publications, data, information, and answers about elder abuse. For information and ideas about World Elder Abuse Awareness Day, visit the World Elder Abuse Awareness Day section of the website. 
  • VAWnet Special Collection: Preventing and Responding to Abuse in Later Life. This collection draws from the work of the National Clearinghouse on Abuse in Later Life (NCALL), National Sexual Violence Resource Center (NSVRC), National Center on Elder Abuse (NCEA) and other organizations to highlight the complexities of older people's DV/SV experiences and emphasizes collaborative and multi-pronged approaches to addressing DV/SV in later life.