Victim Researcher Profile

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Georgia Jean Anetzberger









Social Work


More than 20 years


Georgia J. Anetzberger, PhD, ACSW, LISW, is a consultant in private practice, Adjunct Assistant Professor in the Department of Medicine and Adjunct Faculty in the Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences at Case Western Reserve University, and Fellow in the Gerontological Society of America. She has her bachelor’s degree in social work from The Ohio State University and master’s degrees in both anthropology and social work as well as her doctorate in social welfare from Case Western Reserve University. Her past employment includes serving as Vice President for Community Services at the Benjamin Rose Institute, Director of the Western Reserve Geriatric Education Center, Executive Director of the Western Reserve Area Agency on Aging, Research Associate for the Visiting Nurse Association Healthcare Partners of Ohio, Senior Planning Associate for the Federation for Community Planning, and Supervisor of Adult Services at the Geauga County Welfare Department, all located in Greater Cleveland, Ohio. She also has held full-time teaching positions at Cleveland State University (health care administration) and Kent State University (anthropology and sociology). Dr. Anetzberger’s special interest and expertise is in elder abuse. She has spent over forty years addressing the problem, initially as an adult protective services worker and most recently as an administrator, researcher, and educator. She has conducted over two dozen research projects and authored more than eighty scholarly publications on elder abuse and related interventions, including The Etiology of Elder Abuse by Adult Offspring and The Clinical Management of Elder Abuse. Dr. Anetzberger serves on the Advisory Board for the National Center on Elder Abuse. She is the immediate Past-Editor of the Journal of Elder Abuse & Neglect and Past-President of the National Committee for the Prevention of Elder Abuse. Dr. Anetzberger is the 2005 recipient of the Rosalie Wolf Memorial Elder Abuse Prevention Award—National Category. She was the architect of Ohio’s protective services law for adults, and she helped establish the Ohio Coalition for Adult Protective Services and Consortium Against Adult Abuse, the oldest continuous elder abuse networks in the United States, as well as the National Network of State Elder Justice Coalitions, Ohio Elder Abuse Commission, and Greater Cleveland Elder Abuse/Domestic Violence Roundtable. Dr. Anetzberger has authored various curricula on elder abuse, including the Adult Protective Services Core Curriculum for the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services and the Ohio Domestic Violence in Later Life Training Curriculum for the Ohio Domestic Violence Network and Ohio Association of Area Agencies on Aging. She has served on numerous national and state forums concerned with elder abuse, including research panels for the US Administration for Community Living, US Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, National Institute on Aging, National Institute of Justice


Elder Abuse/Mistreatment


Older victims


Data collection, Descriptive studies, Needs assessment, Program evaluation, Qualitative studies, Training and/or technical assistance


Descriptive studies, Needs assessment, Program evaluation, Qualitative studies