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Older people in Chinese societies have traditionally been well respected and taken care of by their families as part of the Confucian doctrine of ﬁlial piety. Yet, in recent years, there have been increasing concerns that Chinese elders are not exempt from the plight of elder mistreatment, partly as a result of the changing social norms and cultural values aﬀecting family relationships. In order to understand Chinese elder mistreatment, an examination of the phenomenon in the prevailing Chinese culture in which the mistreatment occurs is required. In the following sections, the deﬁnition of elder mistreatment in Chinese societies will ﬁrst be introduced, followed by a review of the policy and legislations relating to its reporting and protection of the victims. Practice response to and research on Chinese elder mistreatment will then be described. Finally, implications for practice, policy, and research will be highlighted. Chinese societies, in this chapter, refer to the People’s Republic of China (PRC), Hong Kong, and Taiwan.