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Perpetrators of Abuse and Neglect  

Author:  Norma Nordstrom, M.S..

Source: Volume 02, Number 03, Winter 2010 , pp.213-223(11)

Family & Intimate Partner Violence Quarterly

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When elder abuse is identified, law enforcement and social service professionals generally focus solely on the victim rather than the perpetrator. That approach, though, can leave victims still vulnerable. If abuse is not addressed, thepractitioner may be providing tacit approval for the perpetrator’s behavior to continue. Practitioners must also learn how to assess the risk of abuse so that they may provide the most appropriate intervention. This article provides an overview of what practitioners should do when they suspect elder abuse, and how they can best ensure their clients’ safety.


Affiliations:  1: Los Angeles County Adult Protective Services Field Operations (Ret.).

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