National and international policies to prevent elder abuse

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This chapter examines the development of responses to situations of elder abuse and neglect (mistreatment). Following consideration of several key issues relevant to elder mistreatment, there is a discussion about prevention, protection, and vulnerability in relation to older people. Types of intervention are briefly covered, including practical assistance, legal and therapeutic interventions, or those that are aimed at either the victim or perpetrator of mistreatment. This is followed by an examination of the development of frameworks for protection and examples of legislation that has been developed to assist in the protection of elders who experience mistreatment. Issues relating to collaborative working and good practice in an inter-agency perspective are also covered. The chapter concludes with comments about the importance of this issue and the potential future development of the field.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationOxford Textbook of Violence Prevention
Subtitle of host publicationEpidemiology, Evidence, and Policy
EditorsPeter Donnelly, Catherine Ward
Place of PublicationUK
PublisherOxford University Press
ISBN (Print)9780199678723
Publication statusPublished - Nov 2014

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