Crime and elder issues, problems and practical responses
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Since the 1970s there has been an increase in concern about older people as victims of crime. Older people, in a similar manner as other groups in the population, are at risk from four main sources: family members, friends and acquaintances, who may assault or steal from them; strangers who may victimise them; commercial organisations or "white collar" criminals who could defraud them; and carers with whom they are in a "duty of care" relationship and who may neglect or abuse them. Abuse here refers to physical, psychological, sexual and financial.
Paper presented at the conference 'Understanding and responding to crime and older people', Centre of Ageing & Centre for Criminology, The University of Hong Kong, 11th November 1999, by Adam Graycar, Director, Australian Institute of Criminology. This speech is made available under the CC-BY-NC-ND 4.0 license: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/4.0/