Old Age Abuse

A new perspective

  • Mervyn Eastman

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xvii
  2. The Nature of Abuse

  3. Older People, Home and Away

  4. Dealing with Old Age Abuse

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 111-111
    2. Gerald Bennett
      Pages 113-123
    3. Jacki Pritchard
      Pages 125-135
    4. Bridget Penhale
      Pages 137-159
  5. Aspects of Abuse

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 161-161
    2. James George
      Pages 163-172
    3. Bernard Knight
      Pages 173-178
  6. Training Issues

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 213-213
    2. Simon Biggs, Chris Phillipson
      Pages 215-228
  7. Back Matter
    Pages 241-254

About this book


Age Concern always seeks to be at the forefront in raising issues of importance as part of our continuing fight to improve the quality of life of older people. To this end we are privi­ leged in being able to draw on the skills of people with the commitment, expertise and enthusiasm to press for much needed change. When, some years ago, we published a book by Mervyn Eastman on old age abuse, the subject was largely unrecognized. He played a pioneering role in drawing atten­ tion to this difficult and sensitive topic, classifying the various types of abuse, analysing their causes, their tragic effects and the different contexts in which they were likely to occur. Earlier, when I joined Age Concern, I had been struck by the paucity of knowledge of old age abuse. My previous work with children and young people provided me with stark reminders of how much more developed both policy and prac­ tice were in dealing with the abuse of children. Even in that field there was still much to learn, and subsequent legislation, policy guidelines and codes of practice have taken us further down the road by constructing clear lines of accountability and by protecting and representing children at risk, by helping potential abusers and developing practice that avoids punish­ ing victims through removing them from their homes.


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Editors and affiliations

  • Mervyn Eastman
    • 1
  1. 1.Social Services DepartmentEnfield, MiddlesexUK

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer Science+Business Media New York 1994
  • Publisher Name Springer, Boston, MA
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Print ISBN 978-1-56593-291-3
  • Online ISBN 978-1-4899-3077-4
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