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Ch 11: Crimes Against Children & the Elderly

About This Chapter

This chapter outlines the defining characteristics of child and elder abuse, detailing the factors and cycles that often accompany these serious crimes. Use this chapter to prepare for a criminal justice exam, improve your grades or gain a better understanding of this subject.

Crimes Against Children & the Elderly - Chapter Summary

Unfortunately, the most vulnerable members of our society are often the victims of crime, exploitation and neglect. In this chapter, you can learn about violence against children and the elderly, as well as the cycles and relationships that may feed this violence. This chapter breaks down this complex topic into quick, information-packed lessons. Important concepts are clearly defined and supported with facts and statistics, which you can access and review any time, with any Internet-connected computer or mobile device. Plus, the included quizzes will help you make sure you're understanding the material every step of the way. After finishing the chapter, you'll be able to:

  • Give a clear definition of child abuse
  • Describe the four major types of child abuse/neglect, as well as the effects
  • Identify the characteristics of child sexual abuse
  • Elaborate on the role child abuse plays in a perpetuating cycle of violence and delinquency
  • Define and describe elder abuse
  • Explain the social factors that can give rise to elder abuse and exploitation

6 Lessons in Chapter 11: Crimes Against Children & the Elderly
What is Child Abuse? - Definition & Facts

1. What is Child Abuse? - Definition & Facts

Did you know that more than five children die each day from child abuse? In this lesson, learn about the different types of child abuse, general statistics, and more.

Child Abuse and Neglect: 4 Major Types, Characteristics & Effects

2. Child Abuse and Neglect: 4 Major Types, Characteristics & Effects

Child abuse is a major problem in our world today. Counselors must be educated in the topic, particularly the four types of abuse, their effects, and what to focus on in therapy.

Child Sexual Abuse: Definition & Statistics

3. Child Sexual Abuse: Definition & Statistics

This lesson discusses how child sexual abuse is defined and relates relevant statistics. A broad definition that covers all aspects of child sexual abuse is given along with statistics related to prevalence and outcomes.

Cycle of Violence: Child Abuse & Juvenile Delinquency

4. Cycle of Violence: Child Abuse & Juvenile Delinquency

The number of child abuse cases that are reported on an annual basis is alarming. This lesson will examine whether a link exists between child abuse and juvenile delinquency that perpetuates the cycle of violence.

What Is Elder Abuse? - Definition & Statistics

5. What Is Elder Abuse? - Definition & Statistics

This article examines the types of elder abuse as well as the warning signs. In addition, statistics are provided as to what types are most common and how prevalent the abuse is. Lastly, instructions are given if you suspect elder abuse.

Abusive Relationships: Elder Abuse, Neglect, and Exploitation

6. Abusive Relationships: Elder Abuse, Neglect, and Exploitation

In this lesson, we will examine the different types of elder abuse as well as some basic stats on the issue. Often related to abuse is the idea of caregiver burnout, which will also be discussed.

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