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NCJ Number: 137182 Find in a Library
Title: Criminal Victimization of Elderly Canadians
Corporate Author: Canada Solicitor General
Communications Group
Programs Branch
Date Published: 1985
Page Count: 22
Sponsoring Agency: Canada Ministry of Supply and Services
Ottawa, Ontario K1A 0S5, Canada
Canada Solicitor General
Ottawa, Ontario K1A 0P8, Canada
Publication Number: ISBN 0-662-52812-3
Sale Source: Canada Ministry of Supply and Services
123 Slater Street
Ottawa, Ontario K1A 0S5,
Type: Survey
Language: English; French
Country: Canada
Annotation: The findings of the 1981 Canadian Urban Victimization Survey reported here describe the incidence of criminal victimization of the elderly, the nature and consequences of victimization, and the attitudes and concerns of elderly Canadians toward crime.
Abstract: Survey data indicate that relative to other age groups in Canadian urban centers, elderly people are rarely the victims of the types of crimes measured by the survey. Apparently, however, the consequences of victimization are more severe for the elderly than for younger individuals; for example, the financial loss and injury that result from victimization are more severe for elderly people than for victims in any other age group. There are also preliminary indications that the emotional consequences of criminal victimization are especially severe for elderly people. The survey data are consistent with those from other countries in showing that, although rarely victimized, elderly people were more fearful of crime than any other group. Regarding attitudes toward police, elderly people rated police highly on approachability, promptness in responding to calls, and general enforcement of laws. The elderly did not rate the police highly on the provision of crime prevention information. Elderly Canadians were less likely than the young to have heard of, and to have participated in, community crime prevention programs. Appended information on the survey and on definitions and limitations
Main Term(s): Elderly victims
Index Term(s): Crime in foreign countries; Fear of crime; Victimization; Victimization surveys
Note: From Canadian Urban Victimization Survey, Number 6.
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