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A. The Nation's First Elder Abuse Forensic Center

Narrator: This is Science Today. It's estimated that every year about a million elderly people in the United States are abused. Dr. Laura Mosqueda, director of the University of California, Irvine Medical Center's Geriatrics Program is a well-known expert on elder abuse treatment.

Mosqueda: We decided here at UCI to take a closer look at this issue and see how we could add a medical component into the social and criminal justice system. We found the most efficient and best way to bring all these different aspects together social services, criminal justice and medical was to form the first ever elder abuse forensic center and what we do is look at particularly complicated abuse cases that require a team approach. We find that we're able to solve problems more quickly and we think in a better way for both the victim and the perpetrator.

Narrator: The Elder Abuse Forensic Center was established in 2003 and is located in Santa Ana, California . For Science Today, I'm Larissa Branin.