The National Adult Maltreatment Reporting System (NAMRS) is the first comprehensive, national reporting system for adult protective services (APS) programs. It collects quantitative and qualitative data on APS practices and policies, and the outcomes of investigations into the maltreatment of older adults and adults with disabilities. The goal of NAMRS is to provide consistent, accurate national data on the exploitation and abuse of older adults and adults with disabilities, as reported to APS agencies.
While NAMRS is still in its infancy, the information it will provide in the years to come will directly inform prevention and intervention practices at all levels of the adult maltreatment field. It will provide a better understanding of the characteristics of those experiencing and perpetrating abuse, as well as identify system gaps for responding to maltreatment and preventing repeat maltreatment. As states, the District of Columbia, and territories (referred to collectively as “states” for brevity) continue to improve information systems, add data elements, train staff on new data collection methods, and report additional data, NAMRS data will become an extremely valuable tool.
NAMRS is an annual, voluntary system that collects both summary and de-identified case-level data on APS investigations submitted by states. NAMRS consists of three components (please see the NAMRS Definitions of Code Values for a description of the terms used in the three component documents):
Agency Component—submitted by all agencies on their policies and practices.
Case Component—data on client characteristics, services, and perpetrator characteristics, provided by agencies that have report-level tracking systems.
Key Indicators Component—aggregated data on key statistics of investigations and victims, provided by agencies that do not have report-level tracking systems or are unable to provide case-level data.
All states are asked to provide the Agency Component data. States then decide to submit either Key Indicators data, or Case Component data (but not both). For FFY 2016, the first year of data reporting, 54 of 56 states submitted data to NAMRS. In FFY 2017, 55 of 56 states submitted information. Since FFY 2018, all 56 states have submitted information to NAMRS. This high level of voluntary participation reflects the value that leaders in the field of adult maltreatment see in this data.
Below are the data reports from FFY 2016 - 2020 for those components. A Background Report was provided in FFY 2016, and can be referenced for FFY 2017. The appendices for FFY 2016 and 2017 should be referenced with its corresponding FFY reports, as FFY 2017 is updated to reflect small system enhancements between the two reporting years. Reports for FFY 2018, 2019, and 2020 are published in one volume each.
- Year 5: FY 2020 NAMRS Report
This report is the fifth annual release based on 2020 data from the National Adult Maltreatment Reporting System (NAMRS). The year five report includes data from every state and territorial Adult Protective Services system in the nation. In the 2020 reporting year, APS programs received more than 1.3 million complaints of alleged adult maltreatment, a slight decrease over the previous year. This report contains some discussion of the possible impact of COVID-19 on adult maltreatment as reported to APS.
- Year 4: FY 2019 NAMRS Report
This report is the fourth annual release based on 2019 data from the National Adult Maltreatment Reporting System (NAMRS). The year four report includes data from every state and territorial Adult Protective Services system in the nation. In the 2019 reporting year, APS programs received more than 1.3 million complaints of alleged adult maltreatment, a slight increase over the previous year.
- Year 3: FY 2018 NAMRS Report
This report is the third annual release based on 2018 data from the National Adult Maltreatment Reporting System (NAMRS), which is a voluntary data reporting system collecting data from state adult protective services systems. All states, territories and district contributed data to this report. Data for this period is published in one volume.
- Year 2: FY 2017 NAMRS Reports
This report is the second annual release based on 2017 data from the National Adult Maltreatment Reporting System (NAMRS), which is a voluntary data reporting system collecting data from state and local Adult Protective Services systems.
Fifty-five of 56 states and territories contributed data to NAMRS in its second year, including many that reported new or additional data elements.
- FFY 2017 Report 1: Agency Component
- FFY 2017 Report 2: Key Indicators
- FFY 2017 Report 3: Case Component
- FFY 2017 Appendices A-F
- Year 1: FY 2016 NAMRS Reports
- FFY 2016 Report 1 (version 2): Agency Component
- FFY 2016 Report 2: Key Indicators
- FFY 2016 Report 3: Case Component
- FFY 2016 Appendices A-F
For more information, contact the ACL Program Officer: Stephanie.WhittierEliason@acl.hhs.gov