Elder physical abuse and failure to report cases: similarities and differences in case types and the justice system's response

Author(s)Payne, Brian
Title Elder physical abuse and failure to report cases: similarities and differences in case type and the justice system's response
Source Crime & Delinquency,2013, Vol. 59, No. 5, pp 697-717
Date 2013
Document type Journal article
Coverage USA
Summary For this study 46 cases of mandatory reporting violations were selected from the Medicaid Fraud Reports. A sample of 337 elder abuse physical cases was also selected for comparison. Neglect and physical abuse were the two most frequent types of abuse that defendants were accused of not reporting. It was found that those charged with failing to report were more likely to be directors, administrators or nurses and those charged with elder physical abuse were usually aides. A significant finding was that many of the mandatory reporting offences involved multiple defendants, indicating the group nature of this offence type. Policy implications arising from the study are discussed in depth, including the need for investigations of mandatory reporting violations to focus on potential offenders rather than a specific offender Another recommendation is that all persons involved in detecting and responding to elder abuse need to define failure to report as a type of elder mistreatment
Keywords Elder abuse; mandatory reporting; patient abuse; older victims; victimisation
Topic

Elder abuse