Understanding elder sexual abuse and the criminal justice system's response: comparisons to elder physical abuse

 

Author(s)Payne, Brian K.
Title Understanding elder sexual abuse and the criminal justice system's response: comparisons to elder physical abuse
Source Justice Quarterly, April 2010, Vol 27, No 2, pp 206-224.
Date 2010
Document type Journal article
Coverage USA
Summary This study aimed to further the understanding of elder sexual abuse cases processed in the criminal justice system and how the cases and their processing differed from elder physical abuse cases. The sample was obtained from cases selected from the Medicaid Fraud reports which restricted the findings to elder sexual abuse cases that occurred in nursing homes and those cases that had been reported to criminal justice officials. Five policy recommendations were included in the article, including the need to develop specific prevention strategies relating to elder sexual abuse and related to this, the need to examine the role of witnesses and reporting requirements, the provision of specific training for staff and the need to have stringent procedures for hiring staff in place. In addition, as it was found that a significant proportion of offenders committed repeated offenses it was suggested that investigators should routinely expand their initial investigation to determine if there were other elderly victims.
Keywords Elder abuse; sexual abuse; nursing home.
Topic Elder abuse