ERIC Number: ED264451
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1985-Feb-11
Violent Crime Against the Elderly: A New Jersey Perspective. Hearing before the Select Committee on Aging. House of Representatives, Ninety-Ninth Congress, First Session (Plainfield, NJ).
Congress of the U.S., Washington, DC. House Select Committee on Aging.
This document contains testimony from a Congressional hearing held in New Jersey to examine violent crime against the elderly. Opening statements are presented from committee members Matthew J. Rinaldo, William J. Hughes, Christopher H. Smith, and Dan Mica. Four panels of witnesses testify: (1) two elderly victims of violent crime; (2) federal, state, and local law enforcement officials; (3) a detective specializing in crime prevention and a city police chief; and (4) elderly advocacy representatives. Witnesses provide testimony that elderly people have special difficulties recovering from the physical, economic, and psychological ills of crime because they have fewer resources upon which to fall back. The crime prevention officer reports fear of crime to be one of the greatest burdens crime creates for the elderly. Law enforcement officials testify that crime rates are decreasing and elderly people have a lower victimization rate than do younger people. The impacts of tougher crime control legislation and victim compensation are discussed. Elderly advocates call for increases in police presence, citizen watch activity, punishment of criminals, numbers of police, and federal funding for older citizens' needs. The appendix includes brochures on crime prevention for the elderly and New Jersey crime victim compensation information. (ABL)
Publication Type: Legal/Legislative/Regulatory Materials
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Congress of the U.S., Washington, DC. House Select Committee on Aging.
Identifiers - Location: New Jersey