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Elder Abuse Victims Act of 2009


The Elder Abuse Victims Act of 2009 (H.R.448) was introduced in the House on January 9, 2009, and it seeks to create special prosecutors and research programs to address elder abuse.[1] It was passed by the House on February 11, 2009 by a vote of 397-25, and then referred to Senate Judiciary Committee.[2]


Sponsored by Rep. Joe Sestak (D-PA), the Elder Abuse Victims Act of 2009 directs the Attorney General to:

  • Research state laws and practices relating to elder abuse, neglect, and exploitation and report findings to Congress;
  • Create a long-term plan for elder justice programs and activities;
  • Offer grants to support and train state and local prosecutors, courts, and law enforcement personnel who handle elder justice-related matters;
  • Create the Elder Serve Victim grant program to oversee programs that provide emergency services to victims of elder abuse.[1]

Bill passage

House action

Rep. Joe Sestak (D-PA) introduced the Elder Abuse Victims Act of 2009 on January 9, 2009. After suspending the rules, the House passed the bill without amendment on February 11, 2009, by a vote of 397-25.[2]

Senate action

The bill was received in the Senate on February 12, 2009, and then referred to the Senate Judiciary Committee where it was read twice.[2]


  1. 1.0 1.1 OpenCongress’ info page on Elder Abuse Victims Act of 2009
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 THOMAS entry on H.R.448

External sources