This thorough exploration of the major types of family violence details the range of abusive behaviors perpetrated within family systems. Case vignettes effectively illustrate these events, and the victims' experiences and perceptions of the abuse. Chapters delineate: the reasons why various types of abuse continue to occur; how different types of violent behavior may be treated; and suggestions for prevention. In addition, the author provides definitions of terms, summaries, valuable references and additional suggested readings.
Chapter 4: Elder Abuse
Mr. G is an 85-year-old childless widower who for 44 years was a successful salesman for a major drug firm. He has been retired for 25 years, owns his own home, has a comfortable pension, and at one time had considerable savings and investments. His large home is badly in need of repairs, the result of a lack of attention over the past 15 years due to Mr. G's falling health. The home is located in an area once considered a good neighborhood and now known for drug dealing and prostitution.
Approximately 6 years ago, a thoughtful neighbor who would look after Mr. G and do his shopping arranged for him to receive meals-on-wheels and an occasional visit from a home health aide ...