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Violent Crime Against the Elderly Reported by Law Enforcement in Michigan, 2005-2009

NCJ Number
Date Published
June 2012
16 pages
Erica Smith
Publication Series
This report provides data on violent victimization of people age 65 or older in the State of Michigan.
This report examines victims of murder, non-negligent manslaughter, forcible rape, violent sexual assault, robbery, aggravated assault, kidnapping, and simple assault who are 65 years old or older. Results show that although, nearly 824,000 violent victimizations came to the attention of law enforcement in Michigan from 2005 to 2009, elderly persons age 65 or older experienced the lowest annual rate of personal violence; there were 204.5 violent victimizations per 100,000 persons in that age group and overall victimizations of the elderly accounted for 1.6 percent (or 13,220) of the total. Findings show that 47.4 percent of nonfatal violent victimizations (forcible rape, sexual assault, robbery, aggravated assault), were reported to law enforcement; elderly victims reported a higher percentage (58.5 percent) of nonfatal violent victimizations to law enforcement, compared to other age groups (47.2 percent); half (49.5 percent) of violent victimizations of the elderly known to law enforcement in Michigan involved serious violence, such as murder, rape, sexual assault, robbery, aggravated assault, and kidnapping; three out of 10 elderly victims of reported violence were victimized by their own child or grandchild; more than a third of violent victimizations of elderly women (37.8 percent) involved the victim's child or grandchild, compared to less than a quarter of victimizations of elderly men (22.5 percent); the rate of reported violence against elderly men was 1.4 times higher than the rate for elderly women; and the rate of reported violent victimization by a stranger was more than 2 times greater for elderly men than for elderly women. Data were collected (2005 to 2009)from Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS's) National Crime Victimization Survey (NCVS), which collects information directly from victims on both reported and unreported victimizations. Figures, tables, references, and appendixes

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