Share of perpetrators' relationship to elderly abuse victim reported in the U.S. 2003

This survey shows the distribution of the alleged perpetrators of abuse and their relationship to the reported elderly abuse victim in the United States, as of 2003. About 11.3 percent of elderly abuse perpetrators were the spouse or intimate partner of the victim. Neglect can be defined as the refusal or failure to fulfill one's obligations to an elderly person and includes paying for necessary home care services. Many cases of elderly abuse remain unreported and thus, may be massively underestimated.

Distribution of alleged perpetrator and their relationship to elderly abuse victim reported in the United States in 2003*

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Release date

February 2006

Region

United States

Survey time period

2003

Number of respondents

14,985 reports

Age group

60 years and older

Special properties

11 U.S. states

Supplementary notes

* Only 11 states provided information on the relationship of the perpetrator to the victim.

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