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NCJ Number: 78232 Find in a Library
Title: Domestic Abuse of the Elderly - A Briefing by the House of Representatives Subcommittee on Human Services, April 28, 1980
Corporate Author: US Congress
House Subcommittee on Human Services
United States of America
Date Published: 1980
Page Count: 43
Sponsoring Agency: National Institute of Justice/
Rockville, MD 20849
US Congress
Washington, DC 20515
Sale Source: National Institute of Justice/
NCJRS paper reproduction
Box 6000, Dept F
Rockville, MD 20849
United States of America
Document: PDF
Type: Legislative/Regulatory Material
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This hearing on the physical abuse of the elderly focuses on crimes against the elderly, quality of life issues, and the impact on families caring for frail elderly relatives.
Abstract: Those testifying included academicians, social work professionals, citizen-advocates, and State health service administrators. Adult abuse, neglect, and exploitation were examined. One of the problems of family violence is the conspiracy of silence in which judges, social workers, doctors, hospital personnel, and family members participate. Model legislation for all States should be developed and home services through title XIX should be provided. LEAA-collected statistics on elder abuse are needed. The Older Americans Act could be augmented to provide impetus to voluntary action because of the great need for personal services in the care for the elderly. The director of the N.J. Division of Youth and Family Services explains how that agency uses title XX funding to coordinate programs against boarding home abuse. On the Federal level, title XX funding, subsidized demonstration grants and programs, and funding for respite cure should be increased. Finally, young children should become involved with the elderly in both school and care settings in order for them to understand that to grow is to eventually grow old and to empathize with the needs of the elderly. Related materials and statements are appended.
Index Term(s): Crimes against the elderly; Elder Abuse; Older Adults (65+); Testimony
Note: Committee Publication no. 96-259.
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