In June 2017, the Australian Law Reform Commission (‘ALRC’) released the Inquiry on Protecting the Rights of Older Australians from Abuse. A national elder abuse prevalence study was a key recommendation to: (1) measure the extent of this problem within Australia; (2) help arrange availability and demand for resources, and responses delivered by statutory authorities and organisations; and (3) evaluate the effectiveness of services designed to prevent elder abuse (ALRC 2017). In the past, elder abuse prevalence research has relied on age ‘cut-offs’ to determine the older population and what proportion of this population has experienced abuse. This comment questions the validity of using static age ‘cut-offs’ in measuring elder abuse and suggests a move forward to dynamic measures of risk for adults in prevalence studies.
|Journal||Current Issues in Criminal Justice|
|Publication status||Published - 2017|
Moir, E., Blundell, B., Clare, J. P., & Clare, M. W. (2017). Best practice for estimating elder abuse prevalence in Australia: moving towards the dynamic concept of ‘adults at risk’ and away from arbitrary age cut-offs. Current Issues in Criminal Justice, 29(2), 181-190. http://classic.austlii.edu.au/au/journals/CICrimJust/2017/22.html