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Domestic Violence A Hidden Problem Among the Elderly from North New Jersey News, 04/06/2015

Tuesday, April 07, 2015

Local and national experts on domestic violence and the elderly said that while research focuses on younger victims, assaults are likely just as prevalent among the elderly. In 2012, about 5 percent of domestic violence victims in New Jersey — or 2,900 of all reported cases — were 60 or older, according to the New Jersey State Police Uniform Report on Domestic Violence. But they were the victims of 18 percent of domestic murders – seven out of 38.

And the elderly population is often underserved by services for battered women and overlooked by research on domestic violence.

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