Center for Criminology and Public Policy Research

Elder Victimization Research and Policy Institute

Improving the physical and financial security of elderly Americans through evidence-based research.

The Elder Victimization Research and Policy Institute conducts rigorous scientific research about the risk factors, protective factors, and consequences of elder exploitation and victimization. The population of elderly Americans is rapidly increasing and the elderly represent a vulnerable target for violent victimization, sexual victimization, and financial exploitation. As a result, the Institute seeks to use evidence-based research to develop policy and practice recommendations that are presented to local, state, and national policymakers and practitioners to reduce the risk of victimization.


  • Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA)
  • Seniors vs. Crime
  • The Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services | Division of Consumer Services



DIRECTOR | Thomas G. Blomberg, Ph.D. 

CO-DIRECTOR  | Julie Mestre Brancale, Ph.D.

For more information on the Elder Fraud Research and Policy Institute, contact George Pesta or Julie Mestre Brancale