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The elderly as victims of crime, abuse and neglect

Trends & issues in crime and criminal justice no. 37

Marianne Pinkerton James
ISBN 0 642 17588 8 ISSN 0817-8542
Canberra: Australian Institute of Criminology, June 1992

Abstract

Many elderly people are unduly fearful about crime despite the fact that they are less likely to be victims of crime. James puts this matter into perspective, and also discusses the more covert phenomena of abuse and neglect of the elderly, at home and in institutions. She includes statistics on the elderly as victims of conventional crimes; identifies why older people are so fearful of crime; and discusses crime prevention and fear reduction strategies.