The Denial of Elder Mistreatment by Victims and Abusers: The Application of Neutralization Theory

Tomita, Susan K.
September 1990
Violence & Victims;Fall1990, Vol. 5 Issue 3, p171
Academic Journal
Denial is often mentioned as a constraining factor in the assessment and intervention of domestic violence cases. Within the context of elder mistreatment, this paper utilizes neutralization theory to explain how the abuser and the elderly victim justify or rationalize abusive or neglectful behavior. Intervention techniques are provided to counteract different types of denial, and practitioners are cautioned against utilizing neutralization techniques themselves.


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