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NCJ Number: 155711 Find in a Library
Title: Shattering the Silence of Senior Abuse
Journal: RCMP Gazette  Volume:57  Issue:4  Dated:(April 1995)  Pages:16-20
Author(s): C Fox
Date Published: 1995
Page Count: 5
Type: Survey
Format: Article
Language: English; French
Country: Canada
Annotation: Despite the silence surrounding it, the problem of elder abuse in Canada is increasing and may involve up to 4 percent of the country's senior citizens.
Abstract: In response, one local police department and the community hospital have developed an educational program and police response protocol to train officers in handling cases of elder abuse. Elder abuse can take the forms of physical abuse, psychological abuse, financial abuse, and passive or active neglect. The three primary principles of police intervention include recognition, responsibility, and response. Early identification leads to early intervention; this process can be facilitated through the establishment of an interagency consultation service. In this community, the service consists of a core committee, resource group of agencies, and family violence committee. 5 references
Main Term(s): Victims of Crime
Index Term(s): Canada; Crisis intervention; Elder Abuse; Police domestic violence training
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