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NCJ Number: 191360 Find in a Library
Title: Crime Prevention for an Aging America: A Stepping Stone to Comprehensive Response
Journal: Sheriff  Volume:53  Issue:5  Dated:September-October 2001  Pages:30-32
Author(s): Dotti Burkett-Dreggors
Date Published: 2001
Page Count: 3
Type: Issue Overview
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: It is important for law enforcement officers, as first responders, to recognize the early warning signs of domestic crimes against the elderly to prevent their victimization.
Abstract: The growing number of senior citizens choosing to maintain their independent lifestyles outside of institutions such as nursing facilities is being accompanied by increasing opportunities for their victimization. Senior citizens who prefer to maintain an independent lifestyle may find themselves having to rely on family to a greater extent than they may have previously. All too often the assistance is provided by just one or two family members, which can impose financial, physical, and emotional hardships on those caregivers. This can set the stage for domestic crimes against an elderly person, which can include neglect, abuse, and financial exploitation. In 1994 more than 800,000 elders were estimated to have been victims of various types of elder abuse. Often the risk factors for domestic crime are subtle, but discernible to those who are trained to identify them. These may include caregiver frustration, intergenerational dependence, and a history of negative family relationships. In communities across the Nation, local Triad organizations are taking the lead in elder abuse prevention. Many are working to help law enforcement officials be better able to identify the risk factors and warning signs of abuse through training.
Main Term(s): Elderly victims
Index Term(s): Crime prevention education; Crime prevention planning; Crimes against the elderly; Elder Abuse; Police crime-prevention
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