The application of crime science to the prevention of elder abuse

Cox, Karen (2008) The application of crime science to the prevention of elder abuse. British Journal of Nursing, 17 (13). pp. 850-854. ISSN 1885-6149

The application of crime science to the prevention of elder abuse

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The abuse of older people is a significant problem, with estimates intimating that there may be over 340,000 cases per year in the United Kingdom. Despite improvements in screening and assessment to identify and treat those who are abused or at risk of abuse, the healthcare community remains preoccupied with prevalence rather than prevention. In light of the paucity of health-related research evidence to support the effectiveness of preventative measures, the application of crime prevention theory and knowledge is appropriate. Routine activity theory and situational crime prevention literature acknowledges the vulnerability of older people to abuse and the potential of any person employed as a carer to be an abuser. Preventative measures are focused on techniques that make abuse more difficult and more risky for the perpetrator and, therefore, less 'rewarding'. The regulation of healthcare support workers and increased workplace surveillance are examples of the 25 techniques of situational prevention that could be applied in a healthcare setting.

Keywords:Code of conduct Crime science Elder abuse Guardianship Misconduct Regulation Surveillance
Subjects:L Social studies > L431 Health Policy
B Subjects allied to Medicine > B700 Nursing
L Social studies > L400 Social Policy
Divisions:College of Social Science > School of Health & Social Care
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Deposited On:22 Nov 2015 11:18

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