The National Committee for the Prevention of Elder Abuse was founded in 1988 to help the nation establish a clearer definition of elder abuse and to provide leadership and direction toward the prevention of it. The committee was designed as a national clearinghouse of information and other materials that are helpful in the prevention of adult neglect and abuse. The organization is made up of practitioners, researchers, educators and elder rights advocates whose purpose is protecting the security, dignity and safety of America's elderly adult population.
According to the NCPEA, the organization has six primary goals. First, the organization aims to strengthen the prevention and intervention capabilities related to adult and elder abuse. Second, it supports and conducts research on the topic of neglect and elder abuse. Third, it has the goal of educating the public regarding elder abuse and neglect. Fourth, it promotes the dissemination of information about elder abuse and prevention to elder abuse advocates. Fifth, it develops training and educational programs for individuals who work with disabled and elderly adults. Sixth, it advocates for legal action to respond to the needs of elder abuse victims, to support each elderly adults right to self-determination, and to prevent adult abuse before it happens.