Crime and abuse against seniors: the Canadian experience

Author(s)Gabor, Thomas and John Kiedrowski
Title Crime and abuse against seniors: the Canadian experience
Source International Perspectives in Victimology, 2011, Vol 5, No 2, pp 42-54.
Date 2011
Document type Journal article
Coverage Canada
Summary In this article the authors examine and discuss recent Canadian research on elder abuse, including identifying gaps in research studies and exploring comparable international studies. Particular emphasis is given to the data obtained from the 2004 General Social Survey (GSS) and the Uniform Crime Reporting Survey (UCR2). It was found that each year about 10% of Canadian seniors are victims of crime and approximately 1% of Canadian seniors are victims of violent crimes. This rate of abuse is similar to other countries such as the United States, the United Kingdom and Australia. It was also found that seniors were less likely to report being victims of crime than non-seniors and seniors often choose to report to health professionals or community groups rather than the police. A significant gap in research was identified in the subject of elder abuse in Aboriginal communities and among immigrants living in Canada.
Keywords Elder abuse; data collection; Canada; survey.
Topic Elder abuse