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About CANE

About the Clearinghouse on Abuse and Neglect of the Elderly (CANE)

The Clearinghouse on Abuse and Neglect of the Elderly (CANE) at the University of Delaware Center for Drug and Health Studies has been at the forefront of national efforts to address elder abuse since 1986. CANE is committed to the philosophy that research is critical to the development of evidence-based practice and the development of outcomes-based programs and training. Therefore, CANE catalogs a comprehensive, annotated bibliography of elder abuse literature incorporating a broad spectrum of multidisciplinary perspectives. The CANE online database has been accessed by researchers, practitioners, policy developers, students, educators, advocates, and concerned citizens throughout the US and around the world to enhance elder abuse prevention, awareness, and response initiatives.

The Center for Drug and Health Studies, facilitates collaborative and engaging primary research on substance abuse, health risk behavior, health services, and health policy among social and behavioral science faculty, professional staff, and graduate students. Administratively housed in the University’s Department of Sociology and Criminal Justice, the Center is funded entirely through sponsored research grants and contracts, and is committed to UD's Path to Prominence to achieve levels of excellence, intensity, and breadth of research. The Center provides a national research focus as well as service to the State of Delaware.

Originally established in 1991 (as the Center for Drug & Alcohol Studies), the Center was renamed in 2014 to more accurately reflect the expansive nature and new foci of the Center’s directives and approaches to research. The principal mission of the Center for Drug and Health Studies is the utilization, production, and dissemination of scientific knowledge in various aspects of substance abuse, health behaviors, and health service to inform program and intervention development as well as policy implementation.

From 1986 through 2011, CANE was supported, in part, with funding from the Administration on Aging, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.