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NCJ Number: 76709 Find in a Library
Title: Crime Against the Elderly in 26 Cities
Author(s): E Hochstedler
Corporate Author: Hindelang Criminal Justice Research Ctr
State University of New York at Albany
United States of America
Date Published: 1981
Page Count: 45
Sponsoring Agency: Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS)
Washington, DC 20531
Hindelang Criminal Justice Research Ctr
Albany, NY 12222
National Institute of Justice/
Rockville, MD 20849
Grant Number: 75-SS-99-6029
Sale Source: National Institute of Justice/
NCJRS paper reproduction
Box 6000, Dept F
Rockville, MD 20849
United States of America
Document: PDF
Type: Statistics
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This report uses National Crime Survey data from 26 cities to investigate personal victimization of the elderly (persons 65 years of age and older).
Abstract: The offenses studied were rape, aggravated assault, simple assault, robbery, and larceny with contact. The analysis was focused on finding the characteristics of the victims, the characteristics of the offenders, the nature and setting of the interaction, and whether or not the incident was reported to the police. Many widely held beliefs about victimization of the elderly were challenged by the findings of this study. Briefly, some of the main findings indicated that (1) the bulk of the personal victimization of the elderly included an element of theft (crimes involving violence without theft accounted for only 17 percent of victimizations of the elderly); (2) offenders involved in victimizations against the elderly did not differ greatly from those who were involved in victimizations of younger victims; (3) the elderly were the least likely to be either attacked or injured, and when injured, serious injury was rare; and (4) elderly victims were more likely than younger victims to report the victimization to law enforcement authorities. (Author abstract modified)
Index Term(s): Citizen crime reporting; Crime Statistics; Crimes against the elderly; Elderly victims; National crime surveys; Victim profiles
Note: Application of Victimization Survey Results Project Analytic Report SD-VAD-10.
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