H.R. 861: Elder Abuse Victims Act of 2013

Feb 27, 2013
Referred to Committee
2% chance of being enacted
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Peter “Pete” King
Representative for New York's 2nd congressional district
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Feb 27, 2013
14 pages
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H.R. 2564 (112th) was a previous version of this bill.

Referred to Committee
Last Action: Jul 15, 2011


This bill was assigned to a congressional committee on February 27, 2013, which will consider it before possibly sending it on to the House or Senate as a whole.

Introduced Feb 27, 2013
Referred to Committee Feb 27, 2013
Reported by Committee ...
Passed House ...
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7% chance of getting past committee.
2% chance of being enacted.

Only 11% of bills made it past committee and only about 3% were enacted in 2011–2013. [show factors | methodology]

Full Title

To better protect, serve, and advance the rights of victims of elder abuse and exploitation by establishing a program to encourage States and other qualified entities to create jobs designed to hold offenders accountable, enhance the capacity of the justice system to investigate, pursue, and prosecute elder abuse cases, identify existing resources to leverage to the extent possible, and assure data collection, research, and evaluation to promote the efficacy and efficiency of the activities described in this Act.


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9 cosponsors (8D, 1R) (show)

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Crime, Terrorism, Homeland Security, and Investigations

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Library of Congress Summary

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Elder Abuse Victims Act of 2013 - Establishes within the Department of Justice (DOJ) an Office of Elder Justice, which shall address issues relating to elder abuse.
Requires the Director of such Office to:
(1) provide information, training, and technical assistance to assist states and local governments in preventing, investigating, prosecuting, and mitigating the impact of elder abuse, exploitation, and neglect and in addressing the physical and psychological trauma to victims of such abuse;
(2) evaluate the efficacy of measures intended to prevent, detect, respond to, or redress elder abuse and the extent to which the needs of the victims in each state are met by crime victim services, programs, and sources of funding;
(3) evaluate training models to determine best practices for investigating elder abuse, addressing evidentiary and legal issues, and interacting with victims; and
(4) conduct, and regularly update, a study of state laws and practices relating to elder abuse.
Directs the Attorney General to annually:
(1) collect from federal, state, and local law enforcement agencies and prosecutor offices statistical data relating to the incidence of elder abuse;
(2) identify common data points among federal, state, and local law enforcement agencies and prosecutor offices that would allow for the collection of uniform national data related to elder abuse;
(3) publish a summary of the data collected;
(4) identify the types of elder abuse data that should be collected and what entity is most capable of collecting it; and
(5) develop recommendations for collecting additional data.
Authorizes the Director to provide grants and technical assistance to assist not more than 15 states in establishing and operating programs designed to improve: (1) the response to elder abuse in a manner that limits additional trauma to victims, and (2) the investigation and prosecution of cases of elder abuse. Requires eligible states to: (1) have a qualified crime victims compensation program; and (2) establish or designate a multidisciplinary task force on elder justice.
Amends the Social Security Act to include the Director as the alternate for the Attorney General as a member of the Elder Justice Coordinating Council.

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