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The Learning and Resources area is your source for information to learn more about the National Adult Maltreatment Reporting System (NAMRS). 

NAMRS Reports

NAMRS yearly reports are derived from the most current federal fiscal year reporting period and will be made public when approved by ACL. The first year of reporting in NAMRS was FFY2016. An initial report was released during the 2017 NAPSA conference and made available on ACL’s website.  The cumulative FFY2016 report is currently being reviewed by ACL.  Descriptions of the first report and the annual report are provided.

On August 29, 2017 ACL released the first consistently, systematically, and nationally collected data on the abuse of older adults and adults with disabilities. NAMRS FFY2016 Data Report 1 is based on data from the first year of the National Adult Maltreatment Reporting System (NAMRS). NAMRS is a voluntary data reporting system collecting data from state and local Adult Protective Services systems.

Fifty-four of 56 states and territories contributed data to NAMRS in its first year. This high level of voluntary participation reflects the value that leaders in the field of adult maltreatment see in this data.

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 and identify system gaps for responding to maltreatment and preventing repeat maltreatment. As states and territories will 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.

Data collected by NAMRS includes APS staff and case-load, response and response time, intake and investigation practices, maltreatment type, victim characteristics, and perpetrator characteristics.

Annual Report
The NAMRS FFY2016 Data Report 1 is grouped in three main sections: Data Submissions, Key Indicators Combined, and Case Component Data. The Data Submission section lists the amount and type of data submitted by states. Fifty-four of 56 states submitted Agency Component information. Forty-four states submitted either Key Indicators or Case Component.  The Key Indicators Combined section pertains to client, victim and perpetrator aggregated data.  The combined Key Indicator data represents 44 states.  The Case Record Data section provides a Case Component submission summary (case level information) about the investigation of maltreatments, clients, victims, services, and perpetrators.  Additionally, there is a review of cross tabulations of certain data elements, relevant to victims with a substantiated maltreatment type, derived from the Case Component submissions. 


NAMRS Data Requests
NAMRS data requests protocols are under consideration by ACL. NAMRS is a new, voluntary reporting system which currently has only one year of data, FFY2016, provided by participating states, district, and territories.
 
All requests will be reviewed by the appropriate ACL staff.
Request for data can be made by submitting a request on the Contact Us page.

State Technical Assistance
NAMRS technical assistance is provided to States in several ways. Each state, district and territory are assigned a liaison.  Liaisons are in contact with their states at least once monthly and may be reached at any time as requested. States may also contact anyone on the NAMRS team by email, support@namrs.net or by calling 1-800-570-0837 Ext. 814.

ACL NAMRS Information Page

Descriptions of Case Component, Agency Component and Key Indicators

NAMRS has three components – Agency Component, Key Indicators Component, and Case Component.  States may elect to provide Agency Component only; or Agency Component and Key Indicators Component; or Agency Component and Case Component.  The descriptions of the three components are: 
  • The Agency Component is comprised of state policy and practice information.

  • Case Component is comprised of data on client characteristics, services, and perpetrator characteristics, provided by states that have report-level tracking systems.

  • Key Indicators Component is comprised of 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.