National Data Archive
In 2013, the Elder Justice Coordinating Council recommended the “development of a national Adult Protective Services (APS) system based on standardized data collection and a core set of service provision standards and best practices.” To meet this recommendation, the Administration for Community Living (ACL) created the National Adult Maltreatment Reporting System (NAMRS).
The goal of NAMRS is to understand the phenomena of adult maltreatment as investigated by APS agencies. After five years of collecting and learning about NAMRS data, ACL is making it available to the research and practice community for research and analysis to improve the quality of APS programs.
NAMRS is a voluntary national reporting system for state APS programs. NAMRS collects quantitative and qualitative data on the practices and policies of APS agencies and the results of investigations into the maltreatment of older adults and adults with disabilities.
NAMRS began collecting data from state APS systems for federal fiscal year (FFY) 2016 and in FFY 2018 all 56 states, territories, and the District of Columbia submitted data to NAMRS. National-level data is published once per year in Adult Maltreatment Reports.
More detailed information about the development of NAMRS is available on the Background & History page.
NAMRS data is available is two data sets.
- Public Data: “Public Data” is aggregate data for selected data elements by federal fiscal year. It does not identify individual clients or investigations and is not state specific. There is no application process for public data. Public data will be available for download in 2022.
- Restricted Data: “Restricted Data” is deidentified case and client-specific data that includes a wide range of data elements. Individual identities have been removed, and the data is not linked or reasonably linkable to any individual or household. Access to Restricted Data requires approval to ensure privacy and security and appropriate use of data. It is available by request to ACL through the Adult Protective Services Technical Assistance Resource Center (APS TARC).
The process for acquiring Restricted Data can be initiated by contacting the APS TARC and is governed by the follow documents: