Crime and older Australians: understanding and responding to crime and older people

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Graycar, Adam
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Since the 1970s there has been an increase in concern about older people as victims of crime. Initially, interest was generated by the assumption that older people were targets of crime and suffered substantial victimisation. This assumption was quickly challenged by the collection and analysis of national crime statistics and victim surveys which showed very clearly and consistently that, in fact, the opposite was true; older people were by far the least likely age group in the community to suffer from criminal victimisation. Older people are at risk from four main sources: Family members, friends and acquaintances; strangers; commercial organisations or "white collar" criminals; and carers with whom they are in a "duty of care" relationship.
Speech delivered at the 7th Australian Institute of Family Studies Conference, 'Family Futures: Issues in Research and Policy', Sydney Convention and Exhibition Centre, Darling Harbour, Sydney, 24-26 July 2000 by Adam Graycar, Director, Australian Institute of Criminology. This speech is made available under the CC-BY-NC-ND 4.0 license:
Crime, Older people, Criminal victimisation