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Authors: Claudio Terranova, Greta Bevilacqua, Margherita Zen, and Massimo Montisci

Title: Crimes against the elderly in Italy 2007–2014

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Journal: Journal of Forensic and Legal Medicine

Volume: 50

Issue: -

Year: August 2017 (Received: February 27, 2017, Received in revised form: June 15, 2017, Accepted: June 24, 2017, Published online: Junr 27, 2017)

Pages: 20-27

ISSN: 1752-928X – Find a Library: WordCat | eISSN: 1878-7487 – Find a Library: WordCat

Language: English

Keywords: Modern History: 21st Century | European History: Italian History | Prosecution: Statistics; Types: Elder Sexual Abuse


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– Massimo Montisci: ResearchGate

Abstract: »Crimes against the elderly have physical, psychological, and economic consequences. Approaches for mitigating them must be based on comprehensive knowledge of the phenomenon. This study analyses crimes against the elderly in Italy during the period 2007–2014 from an epidemiological viewpoint. Data on violent and non-violent crimes derived from the Italian Institute of Statistics were analysed in relation to trends, gender and age by linear regression, T-test, and calculation of the odds ratio with a 95% confidence interval. Results show that the elderly are at higher risk of being victimized in two types of crime, violent (residential robbery) and non-violent (pick-pocketing and purse-snatching) compared with other age groups during the period considered. A statistically significant increase in residential robbery and pick-pocketing was also observed. The rate of homicide against the elderly was stable during the study period, in contrast with reduced rates in other age groups. These results may be explained by risk factors increasing the profiles of elderly individuals as potential victims, such as frailty, cognitive impairment, and social isolation. Further studies analysing the characteristics of victims are required. Based on the results presented here, appropriate preventive strategies should be planned to reduce crimes against the elderly.« (Source: Journal of Forensic and Legal Medicine)


  Abstract (p. 20)
  1. Introduction (p. 20)
  2. Materials and methods (p. 21)
  3. Results (p. 21)
  4. Discussion (p. 21)
  5. Conclusions (p. 26)
  Acknowledgements (p. 26)
  References (p. 26)

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