General Patterns of Elderly Victimization

  • Ezzat A. Fattah
  • Vincent F. Sacco


In this chapter we will explore patterns and causes of criminal victimization of the elderly. More specifically, we are interested in an exploration of the types and levels of victimization risks, the social settings within which elderly victimizations occur and the theoretical accounts that are intended to explain these patterns. In order to accomplish this objective, we will review the findings of victimization studies conducted in Canada, the United States and elsewhere. Because several of these studies employ general population samples, they allow us to compare elderly and non-elderly groups with respect to the frequency and content of victimization experiences.


Elderly Person Victimization Rate Elderly Victimization Victimization Survey Victimization Risk 
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Chapter Eight: Recommended Readings

  1. Antunes, G.E., F.L. Cook, T.D. Cook and W.G. Skogan 1977 Patterns of Personal Crime against the Elderly: Findings from a National Survey. The Geronotologist, 17:321–327.CrossRefGoogle Scholar
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Ezzat A. Fattah
    • 1
  • Vincent F. Sacco
    • 2
  1. 1.School of CriminologySimon Fraser UniversityBurnabyCanada
  2. 2.Department of SociologyQueen’s UniversityKingstonCanada

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