OWL — FACTS
The Facts About Violence Against Midlife & Older Women
OWL’s 1994 Mother’s Day Report is a CALL TO ACTION to America’s policymakers, law enforcement experts and citizens to take steps to prevent the crime and elder abuse that directly and indirectly harm so many of this nation’s midlife and older women.
Although the statistics on these issues are sparse — because there is insufficient data collection on elder abuse and few breakdowns of violent crime that identify the age, gender and race of victims — anyone who interacts with older women knows that violence and fear of violence pervade their lives. The facts on violence against midlife and older women include the following:
Bachman, R. (1994) Violence Against Women: A National Crime Victimization Survey Report, Washington, D.C.: Bureau of Justice Statistics, p. 4.
Bureau of Justice Statistics. (1992) Criminal Victimization in the United States: 1973-1990 Trends. Washington, D.C.: U.S. Department of Justice. NCJ-139564.
Bureau of Justice Statistics. (1992) Criminal Victimization in the United States: 1991, Washington, D.C.: U.S. Department of Justice. NCJ-139563,
Colorado Department of Justice, from data provided March 1994.
Heisler, Candace J. and Tweksbury, Jane (1991) Fiduciary Abuse of the Elderly: A Prosecutor’s Perspective, Journal of Elder Abuse & Neglect, vol. 3(4).
Illinois Department on Aging. Elder abuse and Neglect Program. FY 1993 Annual Report, p.9.
National Aging Resource Center on Elder Abuse (1991) Elder Abuse and Neglect: A National Research Agenda.
National Aging Resource Center on Elder Abuse (1993) Elder Abuse: Questions and Answers. Washington, D.C.
Plichta, S. Violence, Health and Use of Health Services, undated, unpublished, p. 30.
Policy Research, Inc. (1994) Calculated from data from National Center on Elder Abuse.
Ramsey-Klawsnik, Holly (1991) Elder Sexual Abuse: Preliminary Findings. Journal of Elder Abuse & Neglect, vol. 3(3).
U.S. House of Representatives Select Committee on Aging (1991) Protecting America’s Abused Elderly: The Need for Congressional Action. U.S. Government Printing Office. Comm. Pub. No. 102-810.
U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee. Ten Facts About Violence Against Women (1990) Reported in: NOW Legal Defense and Education Fund statement before the Subcommittee on Civil and Constitutional Rights, Judiciary Committee, House of Representatives, 1993.
U.S. Senate Special Committee on Aging (1991) Elder Abuse and Neglect: Prevention and Intervention, U.S. Government Printing Office. Serial No. 102-5.
U.S. Senate Special Committee on Aging (1993) Consumer Fraud and the Elderly: Easy Prey? Serial No. 102-25.
Vinton, L. (1992) Battered Women’s Shelters and Older Women: The Florida Experience. Journal of Family Violence, Vol. 7(1).Back to Top