Characterizing Elder Abuse in the UK: A Description of Cases Reported to a National Helpline

Fraga Dominguez, Silvia and Storey, Jennifer E. and Glorney, Emily (2022) Characterizing Elder Abuse in the UK: A Description of Cases Reported to a National Helpline. Journal of Applied Gerontology, 41 (11). pp. 2392-2403. ISSN 0733-4648

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The abuse of older adults by someone in a position of trust—also known as elder abuse (EA)—has a severe impact on victims and society. However, knowledge about EA in the UK is limited in comparison to other types of interpersonal violence and international knowledge. The present study utilized secondary data from a UK national EA helpline to investigate the characteristics of reported cases. Over a one-year period between 2017 and 2018, 1,623 records met inclusion criteria. Descriptive statistics are provided to describe this sample. Most cases reported to the helpline pertained to female victims, suffering from financial or psychological abuse. Co-occurrence of different abuse types was common. Findings provide updated knowledge about the phenomenology of EA cases in the UK. Recommendations are provided for advancing research in this area, including the need for examining cases across longer periods of time with a view to informing practice and policy.

Item Type: Article
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4 June 2022Accepted
28 June 2022Published Online
Uncontrolled Keywords: elder mistreatment, case characteristics, helpline, elder neglect, poly-victimization, older adults
Subjects: CAH04 - psychology > CAH04-01 - psychology > CAH04-01-05 - others in psychology
Divisions: Faculty of Business, Law and Social Sciences > School of Social Sciences > Dept. Psychology
Depositing User: Silvia Fragadominguez
Date Deposited: 07 Jul 2023 14:40
Last Modified: 07 Jul 2023 14:40

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