Through the lens of gender: domestic abuse of older women in England and Japan


Author(s)Wilcox, Paula and Helen Jones
Title Through the lens of gender: domestic abuse of older women in England and Japan
Source International Perspectives in Victimology, 2011, Vol 5, No2, pp 55-62.
Date 2011
Document type Journal article
Coverage England and Japan
URL http://eprints.brighton.ac.uk/7626
Summary In this article the authors review the literature on domestic elder abuse in England and Japan and suggest that there should be a new focus in criminology, concerning the social construction of age and ageism and their role in elder abuse. The extent of domestic abuse of elderly women is discussed including underreporting and difficulties comparing data. It is noted that in England the care of the elderly is moving away from institutions to the family whereas in Japan the trend is reversed with more elderly moving into supported care away from their family. The authors discuss the combined determinants of gender, poverty and age in regards to increasing the risk of abuse among elderly women. In their conclusion the authors suggest more cross-cultural empirical research is needed as well as the development of a multi-agency approach to support the abused.
Keywords Elder abuse; elder mistreatment, domestic abuse; risk of abuse
Topic Elder abuse