Elder abuse in Porto Alegre, Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil: A documentary study

Tatiana Quarti IRIGARAY Cristiane Silva ESTEVES Janaína Thaís Barbosa PACHECO Rodrigo GRASSI-OLIVEIRA Irani Iracema de Lima ARGIMON About the authors

Abstract

This study aimed to identify the prevalence of elder abuse in the city of Porto Alegre, RS, Brazil, causes of abuse, and the profile of the victim and the aggressor. A retrospective documentary study was carried out based on police reports filed in April and May 2011 to the Department of Senior Services of Porto Alegre. Of the 224 police reports evaluated, 175 were of elder abuse or mistreatment. Psychological abuse was the most frequently identified type of abuse, followed by material/financial abuse. Most of the victims were senior females with low level of education, and the majority of aggressors were male family members. The results show high rates of elder abuse in the city of Porto Alegre.

Keywords:
Aged; Elder abuse; Violence

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