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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

E. Moir, B. Blundell, J. Clare, M. Clare
Published 2017 · Political Science

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Abstract 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.
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